It seemed like not long ago, we actually got a decent update on the new Halloween movie. Following several false starts, with the names Halloween 3D and Halloween Returns bandied about, things were looking up for the franchise when Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity, The Visit) took over the rights and announced John Carpenter as executive producer. Fan boys and girls everywhere let out squeals of delight when Carpenter hinted he even might compose the score.
Recently, Blumhouse founder/CEO Jason Blum sat down for an interview with CinemaBlend to promote his newest film Ouija: Origin of Evil. Blum was asked about some of his upcoming projects — specifically, the new Halloween, to which he responded:
"We haven't landed on an approach. We haven't landed on a filmmaker, and we haven't landed on an approach. We thought we had a filmmaker and an approach, and we don't. We're talking to a handful of people about it -- all of them have different ideas. I don't believe in coming up with an idea and telling a filmmaker what to do. So we have three to five different people we're talking with, and all of them have a different idea about what it should be. And we haven't landed on a group, and as a result we haven't landed on an idea."
Blum and co. are sure taking their sweet time with the film and not just rushing something out. They seem to be making very cautious steps toward securing a quality film for the fans. But horror nerds, myself included, are getting impatient. It has been almost eight years since the last Halloween film. This is the longest gap in the franchise's history!
It is interesting to note that Blum suggests that a filmmaker dropped out of the project. While he didn't give any specific names, I do have one educated guess as to who it could be:
The day after the new Halloween film was officially announced over at Blumhouse back in May, director Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You're Next) tweeted this photo, along with several other Halloween-related tweets. He sure wasn't being shy about dropping hints to Blum. Could Wingard have been the possible filmmaker Blum refers to? Maybe. Perhaps the poor box office takings for Wingard's latest franchise entry Blair Witch scared Blum off.
At any rate, it seems that we will have to wait just a bit longer for a new Halloween film to emerge. Be sure to check back here for more Halloween updates as they come to hand!
Until then, let's revisit the greatness of John Carpenter's 1978 original with the theatrical release trailer. And tell us in the comments section who you'd like to see directing the next installment in the franchise, and why.