If the horror movie genre can be said to have a royal family, then Michael Myers has definitely earned his throne. Along with legends like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, the masked killer who made his debut in John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween has somehow survived through six direct sequels, a reboot from director Rob Zombie, and a sequel to that reboot. With a massive body count and countless of popcorn buckets spilled at his terrifying presence, Michael has become not only a legendary boogeyman but also an intimidating subject for any new director to tackle.
Now, Halloween fans who are still eager to see another film in the series can rejoice, as current titan of the horror genre Blumhouse Productions has announced that a new Halloween movie is in the works, with Carpenter himself returning as executive producer.
The announcement was made at a press event in Los Angeles (h/t ComingSoon), where it was revealed that Blumhouse will co-finance and produce the film alongside Miramax and Trancas International. Malek Akkad, who has worked on the movies since 1995's Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, will serve as producer alongside Blumhouse studio head Jason Blum. During the press event, Carpenter himself promised that, "38 years after the original Halloween. I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all." While he isn't yet confirmed to do so, Blum said that he hoped Carpenter would compose the score for the movie as well, as he did with the original movie's now-iconic theme.
This news isn't entirely new; we knew that Akkad was intent on producing another Halloween movie through Miramax since last year, but with long-running horror franchises like this another sequel is almost always in the works in one capacity or another. What's really promising here is not only that Carpenter will be involved in the making of the film, but also that Blumhouse will be producing and co-financing. The studio has risen to the top over the past few years with a string of new hit horror franchises, including Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious and Sinister. Speaking at the press event, Blum himself said:
“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."
Miramax is still seeking a distribution partner, though it's worth mentioning that Blumhouse currently has a 10 year first-look deal with Universal Pictures. Though an official release date has yet to be set, the project is being fast-tracked and the producers are optimistic that it could hit theaters by Halloween next year.
The next Halloween movie is targeting a Halloween 2017 release. We'll keep you updated on any further developments.