John Carpenter Comments On His Return To ‘Halloween’ and Michael Myers

Following Monday’s late night announcement that John Carpenter will return to executive produce the next Halloween movie, we now have a few more details from a super secret press conference that took place with only a few select media outlets.

Among the outlets at this media event, Dread Central reports that Carpenter’s plan is to take the franchise back to its roots, and further reveals that it’s likely Carpenter will also score the new film, and that the targeted release date is in fact October 2017.

After we Tweeted that it was interesting how the press release does not mention the words “Michael” or “Myers”, we were quickly directed to the source article in which Carpenter does confirm that Michael Myers will return, though pretty much nothing else is known at this point.

Before Carpenter spoke, producer Jason Blum stated, “Here he is, the godfather. He’s going to produce, and hopefully score… he drives a hard bargain but I am a good negotiator, so hopefully he is going to score it too. He’s going to godfather us, be involved with this movie creatively, and in the initial few conversations that we’ve had with directors, they’ve felt the same way we did: No one wanted to do this without John. So we are real excited he’s here. He is the main attraction and the main event.”

After he was introduced, Carpenter said, “So… I decided, after bitching for years and years about Halloween sequels, I would come aboard and shepherd this thing. I’ll help, support the director, and since I’m here with Malek Akkad, and the horror superstar Jason Blum, what could go wrong? So, we’re going to give it a try.

When asked if the new movie would be a new story, a remake, prequel, or sequel, Carpenter answered, “We can’t tell you yet… because we don’t know. …You know what? We’re probably going to go back to the original tradition that we started. It’s kind of gone astray. I feel like the remakes maybe went off somewhere that I didn’t want them to go.

Carpenter then spoke briefly about The Shape, stating, “Michael Myers is not a character. He is a force of nature. He is not a person. He’s part supernatural, part human. He’s like the wind, an evil wind. If you start straying away from that, and you get into explaining, then you’ve lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in the original direction.

Carpenter added that his son Cody will work with him, if he does do the score for this new Halloween movie.

You can read Dread Central’s full account of this unexpected press conference here, and you can read the full official press release below!

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.

Jason Blum, Malek Akkad, and John Carpenter will team up for the next 'Halloween' movie.
Jason Blum, Malek Akkad, and John Carpenter will team up for the next ‘Halloween’ movie.

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  • Henry Tudor

    Yes, it is Elijah Luthor again. And yes, I have a great deal to say. For those that care to read, please do so patiently. The fate of this motion picture series can be decided properly if we the fans loudly involve ourselves in the process.

    What I can say firstly is that it is really great having John Carpenter back. He is the director that spawned this franchise; and a fine director at that. He understands the mechanics of scene-setting, camera movements, lighting, pace, suspense, etc. He has a particular vision, brand, and taste that always pays off from his hard work and understanding of cinema. However, I have my doubts this go around concerning what we ‘could’ expect, UNLESS of course the-powers-that-be truly care about what we fans desire; hopefully they do.

    In the original story-line as I see it along with many, many other fans – 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 – we don’t mind having things explained with characters, including the antagonist. Yes, the original “HALLOWEEN” installment allowed for the audience to leave things up for the imagination, but that narrative can’t endure anymore. With so much knowledge shared on the Internet and people getting educated on things with evil people and such, leaving things to the imagination only perpetuates the status quo’s version of story-telling. And we all know, or at least most of us know, that “official accounts” are outright lies. In real-life, being kept in the dark about what is really going on is what defines people as “sheepish.” When people are sheepish and they don’t look in to things,
    then they can never identify who the real evildoers in this world are. By knowing threats to our lives and liberties, we can resist them and or do away with them all together. Being sheepish or apathetic why the masses are hardly ever prepared to deal with crises when they are thrust upon them.

    Here is what I believe should transpire in the HALLOWEEN series regarding its living survivors from the films. After everything they have endured, they are prepared for ‘Halloween’ and are ready to take action to save their very lives and that of their loved ones. The survivors band together with the central intention to face evil, fight it, and vanquish it. The family members are finally reunited and there is no more continuing of this people-getting-separated-because-of-extenuating-circumstances-and-going-in-to-hiding stuff. Damn it! Face the evil head on and do away with it! Stop perpetuating the mayhem and finally get to the bottom of it once and for all. Rather having the audience maintain an unhealthy and overwhelmingly insane infatuation with a serial killer whom is murdering innocent people, why not take the fight against the people who are really behind all of this chicanery and have “justifiable kills” instead?! This is recompensing justice for the victims and even more lives can be saved in the long-run within the Halloween universe. Exposing the evildoers and taking the fight to them is how you win. Do not submit! This is an important lesson because we want our heroes and heroines to succeed, to take the fight against those that harm them. We want to cheer them on, not delight in the death of innocent people. Most of we fans hate seeing characters we love get killed off or die really horrible deaths. The reason why this is is because we inherently love our fellow man. Entertainment or not, people mean something to us, especially innocent people.

    Also, this whole ‘Michael Myers is part supernatural part human’ plot device is so over. People are naturally curious. When they care to know things, they use the Socratic method, they exercise critical thinking. They ask questions: Why? How? When? etc. Now, there are those fans who have the argument that these movies are just entertainment and not to be taken seriously. That is a valid argument indeed, for some fans, but entertainment alone shouldn’t be the only thing we enjoy from these films. Surely we would want to see victory over adversity, and our favorite characters all united in one great battle. Motion pictures are an excellent medium to teach the public valuable lessons. Instead of Michael Myers being evil incarnate in one human body, why not tell ‘the Real Truth’ – which is far more scary – that truly evil people are everywhere.

    I am in complete agreement with Daniel Farrands on his take in HALLOWEEN 6 that suburban America sometimes has its secrets and they can be morbid or unsettling. His initial vision for the overall story arc shared in H6, had he truly had his way, was to incorporate the plot twist that many townspeople “were in on it.” Such people were secret society freaks. This is absolutely true in real-life with Freemasons; they are in every town and they are practicing satanists. Their whole fraternity and philanthropic image is a ruse as with all “shadow organizations” working against the general populace. The Thorn cult is no different as far as what they are up to, presumably being a subsidiary of the Illuminati considering their iconography and wicked pagan, if not full-blown satanic, practices.

    Take note that Doctor Bonham, a member of ‘that whole Thorn cult garbage,’ was a Haddonfield-based associate of Dr. Wynn working at the hospital – his cover being a doctor, surgeon, or physician – whilst he was actually a practitioner of mad science at the sanitarium. Mrs. Blankenship, a seemingly harmless elderly neighbor, was part of the evildoing from the start. A six-year-old boy from suburban America in the early 1960’s who grew up in a Christian household is not going to just spontaneously murder a family member. Yes, it is totally shocking! It makes for great shock-and-awe story-telling. It sounds too unreal and sensational. [This reminds me of something else. Why is the SUPPOSED murderer of assassinated American Presidents always an “anarchist?” Why is that LIE always recycled?! Pay attention, people!].

    I am going to be so displeased if all of the previous writers’ hard work that produced the previous entries go ignored. Is that how you film-makers want to be seen as, people who blatantly, utterly disregard others’ contributions to this epic tale.

    Listen, we cannot have a number of sequels wherein people or survivors don’t start asking questions. People naturally want to live in peace and having a constant threat out there with seemingly no hope of eradicating it is stupid story-telling. It is unnatural. It teaches the audience that evildoers cannot be vanquished when Natural Law teaches us that they absolutely must be. It turns our reasoning upside down making the entertainment industry guilty for brainwashing people with their false narratives and their false analyzing skills. Stop obsessing over ‘perpetual mayhem for profits’ and actually produce an amazing film worth watching. The 1980’s un-killable human-monsters is so dumb, over-used and abused copy-catting, and just unrealistic in movies and in real-life. Most of us are bored with all of that. Movie-goers are more sophisticated these days. Keep up!

    Here is what I suggest with this new installment with the film-makers. If you all absolutely have no intention to continue from the original motion picture saga as it presently stands, whether it be a prequel or sequel, then by all means just start over with an all-new story. Keep your supernatural human monster stuff as you see fit and have it in its own stand-alone anthology. DO NOT ruin the story-line by continuing off from one part of the time-line and ignoring the other sequels. I am getting so damn tired of that nonsense. My God, how stupid are you Hollywood people?! It is totally proper for we fans to give you constructive criticism when you keep repeating the same patterns. You rely on us for your profits so actually listen to us, sincerely. I am not naïve in thinking film-making is easy; requiring money being invested and a great amount of manpower to manifest said project. Anticipate all of that by first hearing what we want.

    Establish a poll on the official http://www.halloweenmovies.com web-site. If need be, also post one on its ‘sister site’ Halloween Daily News. 😉 Ask we fans this question: “How would you like the Halloween series to progress?”

    Here would be our choices-

    (a) Do you want the next entry to be an all-new story unrelated to all previous films? Y / N

    (b) Do you want the next entry to continue on from Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II? Y / N

    (c) Do you want the next entry to continue on from 1982’s HALLOWEEN III: Season of the Witch? Y / N

    (d) Do you want the next entry to continue on from HALLOWEEN 6? Y / N

    (e) Do you want the next entry to continue on from HALLOWEEN: H20 & HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION? Y / N

    (f) Do you want the next entry to connect the original motion picture saga – sans H3 – and follow-up after HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION? Y / N

    My choice is obviously “f.” Establish the poll so you can get a sense of what the fans want as of present. Let it be online up for two to four weeks or so and plan from there. One vote cast for each individual. Find out what the audience wants for a change. PLEASE??!! If you proceed in this way, then I genuinely thank you.

    Here is some other information for the film-makers and the movie-goers to ruminate over. Each film was borne from the creative mind of its respective writers. Each story from each film brought something to the bigger picture and each film was well-produced, well-photographed, and well-cast. Even the sequels that ‘some fans’ think are bad ones were actually the result of clever writing.

    For example, in HALLOWEEN 5 we the audience see things that no other installment showed before or since. Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) was definitely on the receiving end and the target for “The Revenge of Michael Myers.” Here is what happened. (01) Jamie is looked after by four on-screen caretakers or would-be guardians: (a) Dr. Samuel J. Loomis, (b) Nurse Patsey West, (c) Rachel Carruthers, and (d) Tina Williams. The primary caretaker, Jamie’s adoptive foster sister is eliminated first; [a major influence and beloved component in the previous entry, H4]. Later that night, Tina actually saves Jamie and Billy’s lives by running interference between the children and the antagonist, costing her own life, just enough for them to flee through the woods to soon after be rescued by Dr. Loomis. Nurse Patsey West looks after Jamie during her stay at the Haddonfield Childrens’ Clinic, she being the manifestation of maternal warmth and consoling that we haven’t seen all that much since Jamie’s introduction in to the series. Nurse West comforts Jamie when Dr. Loomis is too impatient (understandably so) concerning inevitable Halloween-related endangerment. Nurse West is also frantic when it is discovered Jamie is missing from the clinic. We need to always see that level of familial compassion. Tina, the successor to Rachel’s role as close friend and practicing sisterly affection, genuinely cares about Jamie and goes after her when she is being pursued relentlessly by her uncle. Jamie, a nine-year-old girl, a prepubescent child is nearly run down by a chasing car driven by the adversary! A child almost murdered by a speeding car?! Talk about really scary and intense horror and drama!

    If that is not enough, let’s have her trapped in a laundry chute with her own relative stabbing the walls trying to get to her. Within moments, so close to death, almost literally as she is lain in a coffin, she asks her uncle to unmask himself. Appealing to his humanity and their familial connection, he acquiesces simply because she asked him. Niece and uncle see each other face to face and bare similar visages. “You’re just like me.” One of the best scenes in the entire series – in my opinion as it is endearing and also begs many questions about a soul we thought long-ago diminished or erased. So, you see, with Jamie’s protectors being killed off and Dr. Loomis suffering a stroke from his attempting in ‘beating Michael to death’ created a sense of injustice and terror in the life of a child. We never want any child to be in danger.

    I trust we can all agree that beloved and trustworthy adult guardians being removed from a child’s life is profoundly scary. Dr. Loomis, understanding the history with his former patient is also looking out for Jamie. Ironically, one of the only ways to lure Michael is to use Jamie as bait, a ruse that worked out if only temporarily. And you know what else? “The Nightmare STILL Isn’t Over!”

    A jail cell at the local police station was not enough to confine Jamie Lloyd’s ‘nightmare man.’ Someone stopped by for a little trick-or-treating and de-commissioned (so to speak) eight police officers and set free Haddonfield’s most infamous native-born criminal. Then, a young girl, brave enough to find out what all went down inside, transverses its halls finding grown men gunned down and deceased, which is horrifying not only for we adults but for children. She finally comes upon the cell that held her uncle and a final wrought-iron gate blasted open showing he has ONCE AGAIN escaped!!! “No. Nooo. [Cries] Nooooo!!! (Echoing). HALLOWEEN 5 was a excellent entry more fans should come to appreciate.

    Forgive me. I can go on and on. But, I know these stories intimately. We the audience should care about the victims, the survivors. We all like “The Walking Dead,” right? After the Hell those people have endured, aren’t we still amazed how they are still around to fight for another day??!! That is something we should always emulate; fight until there is no fight left in us. That is what my own HALLOWEEN 9 is meant to teach the public. Go after the evil(doers), and let’s put this mayhem to rest. People are stronger when they band together in a
    common purpose. Bring the survivors and family together FINALLY!!! Also, there is no way ANY HALLOWEEN film should be made without a Loomis. That whole Ahab-after-his-whale plot device makes for great momentum that keeps the audience engaged and intrigued.

    So, film-makers, DO NOT continue from the original story-line UNLESS you hire me as your writer. I came up with some really compelling and truly scary stuff, especially in the final act. As a matter of fact, the ending is something fans have entertained possibly seeing for one of our favorite characters. Even John Carpenter himself would love this ending because it plays with his own stances on things. I swear it is so totally neat. The movie-going audience in the cinema would indeed go wild over it. They would love it! I myself was amazed that I even wrote it.

    My whole composition remembers and reveres every installment paying obvious homage to each of them out of great respect to all those writers that came before. I wrote it so that every single scene introduces a plot twist. I also reveal how many characters we never thought knew each other are linked, an idea I got from Daniel Farrands. I did not connect the story-line from H3 with the others, but there are some hints that it is also respected. Previous work done by Debra Hill in her respective film projects are also given acknowledgment which she would greatly appreciate. Such a lovely woman and hard-worker; she is dearly missed.

    I cannot say this enough regarding HALLOWEEN 9: “It’s the vengeance of the survivors and the family reunion we’ve all been waiting for.”

    So, to recap; film-makers, don’t ruin the original motion picture saga. Make a new story if you want because I know that if you involve yourselves in the original saga without me, you’ll just remember some sequels whilst ignoring others. Only someone like me has successfully bridged the gaps and explained this split time-line b.s.

    Oh, and those that know me and my intentions as shared on Facebook, “The HALLOWEEN Chronicles,” yes, there were TWO “Jamie Lloyds.” The Jamie Lloyd (in-story) from H4 and H5 is not the same Jamie Lloyd in H6. When you all find out how that could be and whom see really is, the Jamie in H6, you’ll be amazed and why she was at the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium. And no; she wasn’t a patient there and no, she was not born there. Trust me. 😉

    If John Carpenter insists on not being director, my first choice is HALLOWEEN 6 writer Daniel Farrands. His involvement and with my own vision for H9 would allow this series to finally come full circle properly. He would totally get every little detail, every in-joke reference, and other neat tidbits as he too knows these stories in and out. I think it’s high time his contributions to the series are finally acknowledged and appreciated after twenty plus years. In the words of Doctor Emmett L. Brown, “My God, has it been that long?!”

    Whew! Okay, I’m done. I’ve said too much. Oh, alright; one more thing. Yes, one more thing to all of you reading this diatribe of mine: “You can’t kill the Scream Queen!” Wink wink.

  • Henry Tudor

    Herefore are three men I want so much to be involved. (01) Dean Cundey once again returns as Director of Photography (cinematographer). (02) Tommy Lee Wallace is the Production Designer. (03) Alan Howarth, a staple in the series, returns to do the music score. Who here agrees?! And can we PLEASE authentically film this upcoming movie in Autumn??!! It would be far more believable when it actually takes place in the season it is meant to portray.

John Carpenter Comments On His Return To ‘Halloween’ and Michael Myers