Last December, another reboot of the Halloween franchise was canceled as Dimension Films lost the rights to this iconic horror property. After rumors of a new TV show surfaced, horror fans were treated to the surprising news that the original Halloween director John Carpenter was boarding the new remake as an executive producer, with producer Jason Blum's Blumhouse now controlling the franchise rights. We haven't heard a whole lot about the project since then, but today we have an update from John Carpenter himself, who reveals that the project doesn't have a script yet. Here's what he had to say about this new take on the classic Halloween.
"I've known Jason for a while, he came to me and said 'How do you feel about this now that rights have diverted?' and I said, 'Sure, why not? I'll give it a shot and I'll also try to support the director.' We don't have a script yet, so I can't tell you what it's about, but I guarantee you it's about Halloween night and it's about a masked killer!"
Before the project lost its footing at Dimension, Marcus Dunstan was set to direct, working from a script he co-wrote with his writing partner Patrick Melton. The director teased in an interview that he wanted to cast Community star Gillian Jacobs as the female lead, but that was before Dimension lost the rights. When asked why he decided to be involved in this project, John Carpenter had this to say, in his interview with Dark Universe.
"I found myself bitching all these years about them making another one, so with this one I thought, well, maybe I can get in and help and make something I'm proud of instead of sitting at home grumbling."
Original Halloween producer Malek Akkad is producing through his Trancas International Films banner, alongside John Carpenter and Jason Blum. Miramax, which retains the distribution rights for the sequel, has not issued a release date at this time, and it isn't known if the studio is actively searching for a writer or director as of yet. Mike Flanagan, who has become well-known in the horror genre with films like Oculus, Hush and Ouija 2, has been mentioned as a potential filmmaker to direct this remake, as has Blair Witch filmmaker Adam Wingard. There have been recent rumors that the project may be in trouble already, though.
Jason Blum revealed in an interview last month that they haven't decided on a filmmaker yet, or even what direction they want to take the movie in, sparking rumors that the project may already be wading into major issues. Then again, it is still in the very early stages, with the producer revealing in his interview that they are talking with a number of different filmmakers, all of whom have different takes on the material. The producer also added in that interview that he doesn't believe in coming up with a concept and then telling the filmmaker what to do, so it seems that whoever does come aboard to write and direct will have a new vision for Halloween Returns.