38 years after the original, the legendary master ofJohn Carpenter (The Thing, They Live) is finally returning to the slasher franchise he partially created with producer Malek Akkad in 1978, .
Over the years, the iconic horror film featuring the beloved super villain Michael Myers helped spawn ten sequels in the franchise, generating a total of nearly $400 million in worldwide box office. Initially, Carpenter directed the classic, co-wrote the fantastic screenplay with Debra Hill, and also scored the entire music in the film.
Carpenter criticized all the sequels, including the ones directed by Rob Zombie for drifting away from the spirit of the original movie. His goal as executive producer on the new Halloween film is to be true to the first film and “make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”
The biggest challenge is being true to the original spirit of Halloween and not get carried away. Tell a simple story. Don’t get carried away with it. This is a Halloween movie and the original was made for very little money, and it was a little scary tale. That’s what we should be doing. That’s my opinion.
Miramax and Blumhouse Productions will co-finance development and production, with Akkad serving as producer under his Trancas banner and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse.
We don’t have a timeline in mind [for release], but we’d like to hit a Halloween; my guess is 2017. And I wouldn’t want to box myself into saying one way or another, but I think we’d like to work with someone who has a couple of movies under their belt.