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Halloween reboot to be produced by John Carpenter, Blumhouse and Miramax

05.23.2016by: Eric Walkuski

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Big news coming out of the Blumhouse Productions camp today. Our site, as well a handful of others, were exclusively informed just a few hours ago that a new HALLOWEEN film is on the way... and John Carpenter is executive producing! Not only that, he may score it as well!

Dimension had been attempting to get a new HALLOWEEN off the ground for years (won't even link to all the articles we've written about HALLOWEEN 3D and the rest), but they lost the rights months ago, and now it's Miramax, Trancas International Films and Blumhouse taking the reins. Of course, the involvement of Carpenter is even bigger news. In addition, franchise mainstay Malek Akkad will serve as producer.

Jason Blum and company have been working on this project for almost a year, but Carpenter only came aboard about two weeks ago. Blum made it clear that, as far as he's concerned, there is no making this new HALLOWEEN without John Carpenter, who will "godfather" the new movie and be involved creatively. No director is attached, but Blumhouse is already in meetings with potential helmers.

And yes, they're currently trying to convince Carpenter to score the film, but nothing is set in stone just yet. He does sound open to it though.

Said Carpenter about this new HALLOWEEN:

We're going to go back to the earlier traditions that we started with. It's kind of gone astray a little bit. I thought that maybe the remake went off somewhere that I didn't want it to go. Michael Myers is not a character, he's a force of nature. He is not a person; he is part supernatural, part human. When you start straying away from that and start explaining, you're lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in that direction."

In a press release, Carpenter added:

38 years after the original Halloween Iím going to help to try to make the†10th sequel the scariest of them all.Ē

Carpenter also said it didn't take much convincing to get him to climb aboard, a surprise when you recall how often Carpenter has shied away from being a part of reboots and sequels to his films. (The proposed ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake notwithstanding.)†

For his part, Blum said they don't want to make this film too "meta" and over-explain things; like Carpenter, he's looking to go back to the basics. The film's budget will be in line with other Blumhouse productions, so figure under $15 million. The producer claimed they don't have a timeline for production yet, but the goal is to have it ready by Halloween 2017. Makes sense.

Naturally, no details are forthcoming; we can't tell if it's a sequel, remake, reboot, premake, whatever. Despite Carpenter's statement about a "10th sequel", it still sounds as though the principals aren't willing to reveal just what it is. But... it's a new HALLOWEEN movie with John Carpenter involved. That's something special.†

Extra Tidbit: Are you excited about this new HALLOWEEN film?

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1:53PM on 05/25/2016

Ridiculous

Right then so John Carpenter decides to help resurrect the tired boring Halloween franchise despite stating in many interviews that "the story has been told, there's no need to expand". Leave it the fck alone, enough's enough.
Right then so John Carpenter decides to help resurrect the tired boring Halloween franchise despite stating in many interviews that "the story has been told, there's no need to expand". Leave it the fck alone, enough's enough.
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9:46AM on 05/24/2016
Rob Zombie killed the series, and here comes John Carpenter to resurrect it. This is just perfect. I cannot wait for this!
Rob Zombie killed the series, and here comes John Carpenter to resurrect it. This is just perfect. I cannot wait for this!
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4:12PM on 05/24/2016
so you could say its a Halloween: Resurrection?

shame on you
so you could say its a Halloween: Resurrection?

shame on you
8:50AM on 05/24/2016
I'm loving that Johnny C is back, I hope his involvement makes this one something special. I feel like it's pretty hard to make a solid slasher these days since they're not as novel an idea as they were in the 70s and 80s and most just come across as whatever when done now. I feel like the best ones have well written characters and solid suspense/twists so hopefully this Halloween can bring it
I'm loving that Johnny C is back, I hope his involvement makes this one something special. I feel like it's pretty hard to make a solid slasher these days since they're not as novel an idea as they were in the 70s and 80s and most just come across as whatever when done now. I feel like the best ones have well written characters and solid suspense/twists so hopefully this Halloween can bring it
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6:51AM on 05/24/2016
It is too bad that Carpenter was not especially into Zombie's approach. Otherwise, I like this article's contents. John Carpenter should not be an executive producer simply as a money-grab. He should be an active adviser. Also, I like that Halloween and Friday the 13th might both have movies in 2017. Hollywood could make the year kind of the Year of the Slasher.
It is too bad that Carpenter was not especially into Zombie's approach. Otherwise, I like this article's contents. John Carpenter should not be an executive producer simply as a money-grab. He should be an active adviser. Also, I like that Halloween and Friday the 13th might both have movies in 2017. Hollywood could make the year kind of the Year of the Slasher.
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12:02PM on 05/25/2016
Well this ' Year of the slasher' thing you're talking about also happened recently in 2009 and 2002 ... and we saw how that went down...

That being said I quite enjoyed Friday the 13th 2009 for the most part.
Well this ' Year of the slasher' thing you're talking about also happened recently in 2009 and 2002 ... and we saw how that went down...

That being said I quite enjoyed Friday the 13th 2009 for the most part.
12:26AM on 05/24/2016
Holy shit is this great news!! I would love for this new one to capture the iconic essence that made the earlier Halloween films so great back then and to this day. Absolutely can't wait to hear the iconic score again on the big screen.
Holy shit is this great news!! I would love for this new one to capture the iconic essence that made the earlier Halloween films so great back then and to this day. Absolutely can't wait to hear the iconic score again on the big screen.
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