John Carpenter and Blumhouse to Produce a New Halloween Movie (UPDATED)


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?

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  • devolutionary

    Potentially great news, although you can tell that Malek Akkad must’ve had his tail between his legs to concede the franchise back to JC again. Of course, this could all be just another excuse to rightfully give him a paycheque.

  • Henry

    Hoping to find a director soon…

    Here’s a crazy idea, why not Carpenter?

  • Sam

    Hasn’t he gone on record and said that if it were up to him, that only the first Halloween would exist?

    If that’s true, leads me to believe that this definitely is just a paycheck move for him.

  • ReelJunkie

    Apparently the director of Oculus is in talks to direct, which is exciting. I found Oculus to be quite underrated.

  • Thom

    Expect Jay is already up to speed on this, but JC is the interviewee on the latest episode of the Bret Easton Ellis podcast..

  • So far the only thing that’s got me interested is Adam Wingard. He seems like a student of Carpenter already so that could be fun.

  • Chris

    Agreed, if he ends up directing I’m on board.

  • scoobydelite

    Well, if there HAS to be another Halloween flick, I’d throw in a vote for Neil Marshall to direct. Would be excited for that. Can’t help but be reminded about The Fog remake, which truly was one of the very worst pieces of dogshit have ever seen.