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The rights to Michael Myers and Halloween are up for grabs

12.29.2015

Who knows what is going to happen with horror icon Michael Myers and the direction of the HALLOWEEN franchise next?

I can tell you it won't be Dimension Films or The Weinstein Company, that's for certain, as word is quickly spreading (via Bloody Disgusting) that they no longer have the rights to the series under their control.

They may have started with Michael Myers back in 1995 for HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS, the sixth film in the franchise, but it's all come to an end now, with Miramax and producer Malek Akkad starting from scratch once again. They're leaving behind the stalled development of a 3D HALLOWEEN film that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton had been working on and aiming to figure out what the next step will be, seeking a new distributor where they can park Myers for the forseeable future.

Bloody Disgusting goes on to speculate that perhaps... maybe... within the realm of possibility... a shared universe could come together that could bring all of the horror icons together using some connective tissue. Granted, that would take some finnagling and deal-making, but where there's a will and money to be made, there is always a way. Could we see Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface, Jason Voorhies and others in the horror equivalent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I wouldn't put that past New Line from trying to make that happen, especially with one of the biggest chips now up for grabs - something that doesn't happen everyday.

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2:59PM on 12/30/2015
Just make a cheap crap staid to DVDs effort! I love parts 4,5 & 6. When they try to hard they ruin it!
Just make a cheap crap staid to DVDs effort! I love parts 4,5 & 6. When they try to hard they ruin it!
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12:37PM on 12/30/2015
How about a Halloween comedy horror movie... starring Mike Myers AS Michael Myers? Eh? Eh?
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Well it can't be worse than The Guru.
How about a Halloween comedy horror movie... starring Mike Myers AS Michael Myers? Eh? Eh?
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Well it can't be worse than The Guru.
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10:35AM on 12/30/2015

Ugh

Enough already - let it die
Enough already - let it die
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10:05AM on 12/30/2015
I mean, there already is a slasher shared universe of sorts. Remember Freddy v. Jason? It was actually...... not the worst movie in either the Friday the 13th or Elm Street series. I personally know a couple of people who are not movie buffs, but have always been fans of Halloween or one of the other slashers and make a point to see every sequel. Though I enjoyed the Zombie remake, I think a studio needs to have this series or another on the back burner, and every so often just put out
I mean, there already is a slasher shared universe of sorts. Remember Freddy v. Jason? It was actually...... not the worst movie in either the Friday the 13th or Elm Street series. I personally know a couple of people who are not movie buffs, but have always been fans of Halloween or one of the other slashers and make a point to see every sequel. Though I enjoyed the Zombie remake, I think a studio needs to have this series or another on the back burner, and every so often just put out another sequel. These types of movies don't need to reinvent the wheel or get a heavy remake. Don't spend a lot of money on it, and just make sure its not Jason X levels of awful, and it will be a regular source of income.
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2:48AM on 12/30/2015

Shared Universe would be awesome...

But Jason is now back at Paramount and not New Line, and Englund not playing Freddy anymore, i don't see this happening. But hey, i didn't think we'd get an Evil Dead sequel either...
But Jason is now back at Paramount and not New Line, and Englund not playing Freddy anymore, i don't see this happening. But hey, i didn't think we'd get an Evil Dead sequel either...
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11:39PM on 12/29/2015
Maybe I'm the only one but I really hope this happens. I've been waiting for a long time for this. My only problem is the Englund won't be Freddy.
Maybe I'm the only one but I really hope this happens. I've been waiting for a long time for this. My only problem is the Englund won't be Freddy.
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6:20PM on 12/29/2015
Sorry, but slasher films just don't bring out the crowds anymore. A few new fans and the old school die hards may disagree. But continuing to do the same schtick since the 80's... where helpless teenagers are dumb, run in different directions and the villain is near invincible won't bring in revenue to warrant sequels or bringing in good talent. You can either wait a while until the horror genre becomes stale, or put a new twist on these horror icons.
Sorry, but slasher films just don't bring out the crowds anymore. A few new fans and the old school die hards may disagree. But continuing to do the same schtick since the 80's... where helpless teenagers are dumb, run in different directions and the villain is near invincible won't bring in revenue to warrant sequels or bringing in good talent. You can either wait a while until the horror genre becomes stale, or put a new twist on these horror icons.
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7:09PM on 12/29/2015
Well, I disagree. There is still an audience for this. All you have to do is to come up with a clever script to update the genre and pay homage to it the same time (Like Craven and Willamson did with Scream).
Well, I disagree. There is still an audience for this. All you have to do is to come up with a clever script to update the genre and pay homage to it the same time (Like Craven and Willamson did with Scream).
10:24PM on 12/29/2015
"It Follows" was a great pseudo twist on the slasher genre, the audience is and will always be there, it's just the talent is lacking....
"It Follows" was a great pseudo twist on the slasher genre, the audience is and will always be there, it's just the talent is lacking....
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5:03PM on 12/29/2015
Update: It was just confirmed that Disney bought the rights for the "Halloween"-Franchise. A 12 part movie series, several spinoffs with foccus on Dr. Loomis, Michaelīs sister and the Sheriff of Haddonfield will be coming up as well as an TV-series on netflix, seemingly a "reimagination" of part 3, "Season of the witch". lol
Update: It was just confirmed that Disney bought the rights for the "Halloween"-Franchise. A 12 part movie series, several spinoffs with foccus on Dr. Loomis, Michaelīs sister and the Sheriff of Haddonfield will be coming up as well as an TV-series on netflix, seemingly a "reimagination" of part 3, "Season of the witch". lol
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5:56PM on 12/29/2015
Don't forget the afternoon "Halloween" kids cartoon on Disney channel....
Don't forget the afternoon "Halloween" kids cartoon on Disney channel....
7:02PM on 12/29/2015
@fury159: And the Disney park ride "Haddonfield Halloween Horror".
@fury159: And the Disney park ride "Haddonfield Halloween Horror".
10:26PM on 12/29/2015
And the Dannon spooky greek yogurt tie-in...
And the Dannon spooky greek yogurt tie-in...
4:10PM on 12/29/2015
Let Michael slip into a coma for another 10 years. The character is too over saturated, he needs a break.
Let Michael slip into a coma for another 10 years. The character is too over saturated, he needs a break.
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3:55PM on 12/29/2015
Please no cinematic universe. Unless all the villains formed a giant super group and destroyed the world.
Please no cinematic universe. Unless all the villains formed a giant super group and destroyed the world.
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3:54PM on 12/29/2015
Like the next very delayed Friday the 13th film, making a new Halloween film shouldn't be that difficult; the synopsis ain't exactly rocket science.

I would love a straight up sequel with Josh Harnett retuning to finish off Michael Myers for good.
Like the next very delayed Friday the 13th film, making a new Halloween film shouldn't be that difficult; the synopsis ain't exactly rocket science.

I would love a straight up sequel with Josh Harnett retuning to finish off Michael Myers for good.
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6:00PM on 12/29/2015
I think slashers just aren't attracting talent anymore or making money. I mean are you actually anticipating another Friday the 13th? Halloween? Nightmare of Elm Street? Texas Chainsaw? Not saying the genre is dead and horror works in cycles, but someone's has to think things outside of the box similar to how Scream gave horror a breath of fresh air.
I think slashers just aren't attracting talent anymore or making money. I mean are you actually anticipating another Friday the 13th? Halloween? Nightmare of Elm Street? Texas Chainsaw? Not saying the genre is dead and horror works in cycles, but someone's has to think things outside of the box similar to how Scream gave horror a breath of fresh air.
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