A new Halloween movie is not at all surprising news—it’s just one of those franchises that will forever be a mainstay in the genre—but what is surprising is that Blumhouse, Miramax, and none other than original Halloween director John Carpenter are partnering for the latest installment. While it’s guaranteed to distance itself as far away from Rob Zombie’s films as possible, there’s really no word on which direction they’ve chosen to go with this one—Carpenter himself calls it a “10th sequel”, so there’s that.
But perhaps the most exciting piece of news here isn’t even that Carpenter is on board as an executive producer, it’s that his involvement means that they’re going back to the basics with horror’s original Boogeyman. He says, “We’re probably going to go back to the basics and the original traditions that we started with early on. It’s kind of gone astray a little bit; Michael Myers isn’t a character. He’s a force of nature, he’s not a person. He’s part supernatural, part human. He’s like the wind, an evil wind, and when you start straying away from that and you start explaining, you get lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in that direction.” His description of Myers is spot on—he’s a monster and needs to be treated like one, and the less we know about him the better.
As of right now the search is on for a writer and director, so you can expect to be hearing some big news on that very soon, especially if they really want to have this thing out in theaters next year. I saw someone on Twitter mention that Green Room’s Jeremy Saulnier should get the nod, and ho-ly-shit how cool would that be? I’d like to hear your thoughts on a new Halloween movie spearheaded by John Carpenter—are you excited to see what he does with the franchise after all these years? Let me know!