Blumhouse has announced it is partnering with franchise producer Malek Akkad, Miramax and Trancas International Films to launch a new sequel to John Carpenter‘s Halloween. The partnership will also include Carpenter himself.
“Halloween needs to return to its traditions,” Carpenter said at a press event yesterday night. “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.” He will serve as an executive producer and creative consultant.
The co-writer/director and composer of the original film last took part in the series with Halloween III: Season of the Witch as a producer. It was an attempt to pivot the films into an anthology mode without Michael Myers, but audiences wanted more of the Shape and subsequent sequels returned to Haddonfield,
New Jersey Illinois* and other nights he came home.
Now that Michael Myers has found a home at Blumhouse, his continuing tale will be made on more modest budgets. But the first film was made independently on a shoestring and Carpenter noted this is how it should be, saying “At heart it’s just a good, scary story, and that’s why it works.”
Carpenter may also return to score the film, but those negotiations are not yet complete.
The film will mark the eleventh in the series after the remake and sequel directed by Rob Zombie and Halloween: Resurrection, the last film in the original sequence.
*hat tip to Blue Devil in the comments for the correct state. Haddonfield, New Jersey is where Halloween co-writer and producer Debra Hill was born.