Platinum Dunes Taking Over ‘Halloween’ Franchise

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halloween franchise platinum dunes Platinum Dunes Taking Over Halloween Franchise

Hot on the heels of the news that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes is developing a controversial rebooting of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series comes word that the company is taking control of yet another iconic slasher horror franchise. That’s right, the next Halloween movie looks to be released under the company’s supervision.

For those who haven’t been keeping track: Platinum Dunes was also responsible for the remakes/reboots of Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, Amityville Horror, Texas Chainsaw Masscre, and The Hitcher – all of which have premiered in theaters over the past ten years to decent financial returns ( and generally weak critical reception).

BD Horror News says that Platinum Dunes is currently in talks to take over the Halloween series – which was actually given a “fresh start” just five years ago with macabre Heavy Metal icon/filmmaker Rob Zombie offering a new take on the tale of Michael Myers, befitting of the “torture porn” era of horror moviemaking. Director Patrick Lussier was previously set to take over helming duties from Zombie on the next installment in the series, a 3D threequel simply titled… well, Halloween 3D, as was to be scripted by Todd Farmer (who also co-wrote Lussier’s My Bloody Valentine remake).

Lussier and Farmer are reportedly no longer involved with the next Halloween movie, now that Platinum Dunes is involved. Similarly, the 3D angle is being thrown out – along with any other potential “gimmicks” – in favor of a traditional 2D movie (like the company’s previous horror series do-overs).

The studio’s “updated” iterations of well-established horror properties have tended to be handled by filmmakers with less experience. As a result, some of these rebooted horror projects have served as career jump-starters – for people ranging from directors Marcus Nispel (Conan the Barbarian) and Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) to actress Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). As far as many moviegoers are concerned, though, that’s a thin silver lining at best – and a mixed blessing at worst.

Rooney Mara in A Nightmare on Elm Street Platinum Dunes Taking Over Halloween Franchise

Rooney Mara in the 'Nightmare on Elm Street' remake

Platinum Dunes co-heads Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (not Bay) tend to be directly involved with the company’s horror projects, and have a set model for how to reboot a classic slasher franchise (namely, make it “edgier,” more stylized, and amp up the body count/bloodiness). Expect Michael Myer’s next onscreen appearance to fit with that format.

So, if you’ve liked the company’s work to date, you should be okay with its version of a Halloween movie. As for everyone else: feel free to voice your dissenting opinions in the comments section.


Source: BD Horror News

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  1. Quick question ive been watching the halloween movies for a while love them all but 3 but 1 thing puzzles me what happened to Laurie strodes son after H2O we never seen him again after that answers please????

    • The Halloween movies do a terrible job of keeping up with the characters from previous films. Lourie Strode wasn’t even supposed to have a son. In Halloween 4 she had a daughter named Jamie who was also in the 5th movie. They make it clear that Micheal Myers is her uncle and Lourie is her mother, yet she completely disappeared from the series as well with no explanation.

  2. I so hope they make the next Halloween movie correctly. The last two in 2007 and 2010 were total trash. I am a massive Halloween fan, and the 1st two Halloween movies back in 1978 and the next one after that; that’s how a horror movie should be. I liked the Remakes to Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street. I look forward to a GOOD, remake to Halloween.

  3. I would be really happy to see another made. I got kind of bored with the texas chainsaw remakes, but I think they could do a good job with Halloween. NO shaky camera footage please. I heard that’s a rumor for the new Friday. Most of everyone who comments hates that idea.

  4. Please please please PLEASE P-L-E-A-S-E keep the same score. John Carpenter’s theme is an indispensable character of its own, and no Michael Myers movie will be fit to script, produce, or watch without THAT score.

  5. My question is, why does Halloween need to be remade? It was a CLASSIC for a reaason! Not to mention, at the end of Halloween Resurection they show Michael Myers still living so why not just continue the original series? I’m a die hard fan of this franchise and terrible remakes (rob zombie) seriously irritate me. And in response to a comment from the article… please no continuation from Season of the Witch. That should have never been made haha

  6. As a fan of the 1970s- mid 90s slasher genre, I am not more than marginally impressed with platinum dune remakes. I did however enjoy the most recent texas chainsaw. I also felt that the Friday the 13th reboot was worth watching. I just feel that the Halloween franchise shouldn’t be molested with the teenage cliché’s that platinum dunes have incorporated into much of their dialogue, with the exclusion of the recent tcm. I thought that their Friday only worked because the character development in the original franchise was so shallow. Plus they capitalized on the gore factor, which is paramount to a Friday fan. My favorites remain 1,2,4,5,6. My hope is that they remake john carpenters masterpiece with the plot following 1, or 1 and 2. (That could work) with the brutality of 6 meets the rob zombie films, and the campiness of part 4. That would be my dream remake. What do you guys think?