When a horror franchise has been around as long as Halloween, news of a sequel is usually met with some skepticism. But today, Blumhouse announced that John Carpenter is returning to the franchise he created, and that's the kind of news that every fan will want to hear.
Miramax and Blumhouse Productions will co-finance development and production of the new Halloween film, with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum producing alongside John Carpenter, who will oversee the project in an executive producer role.
Carpenter made a big promise in his official statement, declaring that:
Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.
The Halloween franchise has experienced its ups and downs over the years, including a mixed reaction to the various sequels and Rob Zombie's attempt at a modern reboot, but if anyone can restore Michael Myers to greatness, it's the man who kick-started it all.
Producer Jason Blum couldn't agree more, explaining at the press conference that:
“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.”
Whoever is chosen to direct the new Halloween movie will have a lot to live up to, continuing the legacy of a franchise that has generated nearly $400 million at the box office since the release of the first Halloween film in 1978.
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No official release date for the new Halloween film has been confirmed yet, although it's likely that the next installment will continue with tradition, so expect to see the return of Michael Myers around October 2017, competing against the likes of Friday 13th and Insidious 4 at the box office.