There have been seven sequels to director John Carpenter‘s original 1978 horror classic Halloween, as well as a remake by Rob Zombie that also had one sequel. But it’s been well over three decades now since Carpenter was last involved with the franchise as a producer on Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
Now comes word that a new Halloween movie is on the way, and Carpenter will be heavily involved in its creation. The movie is a joint venture between Blumhouse Productions and CEO Jason Blum, Miramax, producer Malek Akkad, and Trancas International Films. They’ve announced that not only has Carpenter officially signed on to be an executive producer and a “creative consultant” or “godfather” to the project, but there’s also a chance that he’ll even be composing music for the film’s score, just as he did on the original.
Of the big news, Carpenter said:
“HALLOWEEN needs to return to its traditions. I feel like the movies have gotten away from that… Michael is not just a human being; he’s a force of nature, like the wind. That’s what makes him so scary.”
Blum also spoke on the news, saying:
“HALLOWEEN is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies, 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.”
Blumhouse is in the business of making lower budget horror flicks, and that will remain the same for the new Halloween as well, which fits with their hope to return the franchise to its roots. Said Carpenter:
“We made the original HALLOWEEN for very little money. At heart it’s just a good, scary story, and that’s why it works. 38 years later, I’m going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all.”
The next Halloween movie is currently said to be in the pre-production stages, with announcements on a screenwriter, director, and castings coming as they find who they’re looking for. And as for Carpenter composing music for the movie, again, nothing is official yet but it is being negotiated and all looks good.
Last year around this time a “re-calibration” of the franchise titled Halloween Returns was in the works with Saw and Feast writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan writing the screenplay and Dunstan directing. That project was canceled after Dimension Films, which is currently owned by The Weinstein Company and used to be owned by the Weinstein brothers-founded Miramax, lost the rights.