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.
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