Hell just froze over; John Carpenter is going to be part of the next Halloween installment.
After the failure of Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, Carpenter and Debra Hill pitch for Halloween 4 didn't go through and they sold their portion of the rights to Moustapha Akkad it appeared that the famed director/composer's time with the franchise was over. He moved on to do other fantastic cult films.
Thirty-four years later (thirty-eight after the original), John Carpenter is returning to the Halloween franchise. The announcement was made at a Blumhouse press conference that several outlets were invited (Dead Central was one of those lucky bastards). There the group revealed that Carpenter would be returning to executive produce (and a part of me hopes he composes some new music) for the new installment which they are aiming for a October 27, 2017 release.
Here's the press release:
John Carpenter, the multiple award-winning and legendary filmmaker and creator of the original Halloween films, will return to the franchise as executive producer on a new production of the iconic horror movie, it was jointly announced today by MIRAMAX® and Trancas International Films — MIRAMAX® and Blumhouse Productions will co-finance development and production, with Malek Akkad serving as producer under his Trancas banner and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. MIRAMAX®, which holds worldwide distribution rights, will determine its theatrical distribution partner at a future date.
The HALLOWEEN film franchise that was started in part by Carpenter and Moustapha Akkad in 1978 has spawned ten films generating a total of nearly $400 million in worldwide box office.
John Carpenter said: "38 years after the original Halloween I'm going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all."
Malek Akkad said: "Trancas International is thrilled to be teaming up with Miramax on Halloween, one of the most enduring horror franchises in film. We are also very excited to be working with Jason Blum and the whole team at Blumhouse. Together, along with the return of legendary filmmaker John Carpenter, we are eager to make a film that will be a milestone in the franchise's legacy and that will excite the fans, young and old."
Zanne Devine, MIRAMAX's EVP Film & Television, said: "Malek Akkad's legacy with the Halloween franchise accompanied by Blumhouse's unprecedented talent in the horror genre lays the foundation of a formidable team to create the next chapter of this iconic fan favorite. Having John Carpenter godfather the reboot of the iconic franchise he helped create brings it full circle. We couldn't be in better company bringing Halloween back to the big screen."
Jason Blum said: "Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans, 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."
David Thwaites will oversee the reboot for MIRAMAX® with Carpenter and the companies planning to immediately go out to filmmakers and fast-track the project.
The Academy Award®-winning John Carpenter has written, directed, composed, and/or edited over 20 films over the course of his career. An international household name, he is probably best known for his iconic features Halloween, The Thing, The Fog, and Big Trouble in Little China, to name a few. As a musician, Carpenter kicked off his world tour in Los Angeles this month, featuring songs from his Lost Themes and Lost Themes II albums – which he recorded with his son, Cody Carpenter. The 30+-city tour ends in Paris late November. He is repped by APA and Stankevich Law.
Now this year also is a big year for Carpenter who is also going on musical tour (his latest album, Lost Themes II dropped a few weeks ago. It was awesome) that'll span the US (why does it have to be on the weekend of G-Fest?! I face the horrible choice of either Carpenter or Godzilla. ARGH!!!) and Europe.
Mid-July he'll be releasing another album of probably all of his classic themes (we only know Halloween and Escape from New York themes are the only known tracks so far).
As for Carpenter back on the franchise, it's the right move. After the last three disastrous Halloween installments the series needed to go in a different direction. Hopefully, it's more what Carpenter/Hill's original idea for Halloween 4, but it's doubtful. That or just bring the Shape back to his roots (which 4 did). Though his film career has been alright since the disastrous outing of Ghost of Mars. His two episodes from Masters of Horror TV series and the Ward was a welcome back to something smaller things he used to do in the early 80s.
But the fact that we're going to have another score by Carpenter just sounds so darn tantalizing. Even today his themes from the first two films are just so damn iconic and moody. So for the first time in almost twenty years, I'm honestly excited about a Halloween movie again.