If you were really excited for Halloween Returns in 2016, don't hold your breath. Over the summer it was announced that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the team behind The Collector, The Collection, and a few Saw flicks, were on tap to write and direct the 11th film in the Halloween franchise. Tentatively titled, Halloween Returns, the synopsis from IMDB goes as follows:
"HALLOWEEN RETURNS will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop who has long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on Death Row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line."
It was said that the flick would ignore all of the other Halloween movies, except for the original first two films. This would place it directly after the events of Halloween II.
With an original shooting start date set for this Fall, the time has past, and there is still no new Halloween in production.
In a recent interview with Blumhouse.com, producer Malek Akkad gave the following update on where the project stands today, saying...
However, with HALLOWEEN RETURNS, although there were big announcement made this summer, and fans are excited to hear more about that, we’re actually still fine tuning that, believe it or not. It’s not going to be quite what was announced with the synopsis and potentially even the people involved. We’re sort of starting from scratch, which is not unusual when you’re dealing with studios and contracts and that stuff. While we were kind of gearing up and were ready to go, we’re now taking a step back and bringing in potential new people and partners in development.
Well, unfortunately it sounds like we will have to wait a bit longer before we see Michael Myers return to the big screen. As a huge Halloween movie fan, I am dying for a new installment. The premise seemed promising, but I have hopes that they will take the time to develop something that the fans will love.
It seems like there is some major issues behind the scenes, so my guess is that we won't be seeing a new Myers' tale till, at least, 2017.