Ever since Dimension lost the rights to the Halloween franchise, horror fans have been wondering where Michael Myers would find a new home. Tonight, his change of address was confirmed: he’s moving into Blumhouse.
At a small press conference in Los Angeles, Blumhouse Productions CEO Jason Blum revealed that the company will partner with Miramax on the next film in the beloved Halloween franchise. And the best news of all is that they’re bringing John Carpenter, who directed the original film and composed the iconic score, with them.
“John [Carpenter] is going to executive produce, godfather, hopefully score if we can talk him into it,” Jason Blum revealed tonight. “He’s driving a hard bargain but I’m a good negotiator, so hopefully he’s going to score it too.”
The studio is still talking to directors, and they don’t have a timeline yet. They plan to release in time for Halloween, but which Halloween is still up in the air. (Correction: We are now hearing that the goal is to release the film in time for Halloween 2017!)
But given how many times the Halloween series has switched hands, changed mythologies, and strayed further and further away from the razor sharp, straightforward terror of the original, fans might still be concerned about the direction this new entry will take. Fortunately, John Carpenter was on hand to try to dispel those fears.
“I’ve decided after bitching for years and years about Halloween sequels, you know what, if I come aboard and shepherd this thing, and help and support the director… I’m here with Malek Akkad, and I’m here with a horror superstar, Jason… sorry to spit on you… Jason Blum, what could go wrong? So we’re going to give it try,” Carpenter said.
Is this new Halloween a remake? A reboot? One of those sequels that selectively ignores the other films? “We can’t tell you yet, because we don’t know, obviously,” John Carpenter said.
So what can he tell us?
“Well,” John Carpenter joked. “It’ll be a movie. It’ll be 90 minutes. You know what, we’re probably going to go back to the original tradition so that we can start again, early on. It’s kind of gone astray a little bit. I thought maybe that the remake went off somewhere I didn’t want it to go. Michael Myers is not a character. He’s a force of nature. He is not a person. He is part supernatural, part human. And when you start straying await from that… he’s like the wind… he’s an evil wind… when you start straying away from that and you get into explaining, you’ve lost. So hopefully we can guide it back from that direction.”
“We’re not being vague because we know and we’re not telling you,” Jason Blum added. “We’re being vague because we don’t know. We’re talking about different things, but I do feel like all of us kind of want to go back to that.”
“I don’t think we want to make it too meta, you know what I mean? We want to make it like it was,” Blum continued. “Back to the basics and not get into too much backstory that we don’t need. Right, John?” “Exactly,” Carpenter said.
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