Update: Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) is in talks to direct but Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) also seems to be hinting on Twitter that he could be contention as well.
After rebooting the Halloween franchise with Rob Zombie almost a decade ago, Dimension Films has struggled to figure out where to go next. At the very beginning of the year, plans for a direct sequel to the original Halloween II fell apart after Miramax announced that they would be making a clean break from Dimension and shopping the rights to other studios. At the time, there was speculation that Warner Brothers might be interested in picking up the property in order to set up a crossover with the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, but as it turns out, things have ended up going in a very different direction. This week Miramax has announced that they are partnering with the king of microbudget horror, Jason Blum, as well as the horror master himself, John Carpenter, for a brand new installment. Blum had this to say about the exciting news:
“Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”
Carpenter had a much shorter statement: “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.” Of course, the big question here is just how much involvement Carpenter will have. In the past, he has been quite cynical about simply taking a paycheck and allowing others to do what they want with his movies. This sounds like something different, but officially he is still only considered an executive producer. Blum supposedly wants to get Carpenter to do the score as well, although that has yet to be confirmed. Either way, they are hoping to find a director soon and want to have a new movie for 2017. Do you have high hopes for Halloween 10?