In news that will have horror fans cheering far into the night, iconic fright-flick director, writer, musician and producer John Carpenter (The Thing, Christine, They Live) makes a triumphant return to the Halloween franchise he created to spawn a new additiion to the Michael Myers saga. Carpenter's seminal 1978 slasher film helped launch an entire genre and is still one of the highest-grossing independent horror films ever made, raking in a total of $47 million off a $325K budget and spurring nine sequels, remakes and odd reimaginings. Plans are for Carpenter to partner with Miramax, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions (Sinister, Insidious) and franchise producer Malek Akkad and serve as executive producer and creative consultant on this new Halloween movie.
“Halloween needs to return to its traditions,” Carpenter said at the press conference. “I feel like the movies have gotten away from that… Michael is not just a human being; he’s a force of nature, like the wind. That’s what makes him so scary.”
This resurrection is said to be matched with a moderate budget, and could possibly be scored by Carpenter himself, who has recently been on tour promoting his two Lost Themes fantasy soundtrack albums with his son and musical colleague, Cody Carpenter.
“We made the original HALLOWEEN for very little money,” he added. “At heart it’s just a good, scary story, and that’s why it works. 38 years later, I’m going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all.”
The ink is still fresh on this deal, so no official casting, screenplay or director details have been decided yet, but we'll be sure to deliver them when released. Oculus director Mike Flanagan has been mentioned as a possible candidate and is currently in talks to helm this neo Halloween.
Do you have a sharp desire to see Carpenter guide Michael Myers back to respectability in a new Halloween movie, or has this franchise taken its last stab at greatness?