Jason Blum Comments on “Reinventing” the ‘Halloween’ Franchise

It has been about a month since the stunning announcement that John Carpenter will return to executive produce the next Halloween movie, and there has been little more news for us sink our teeth into since then, but now producer Jason Blum, head of Michael Myers’ new home at Blumhouse Productions, has put a few comments on the project out there via a recent interview explaining his plan to “reinvent” the franchise.

In a new interview with iHorror, Blum reveals exactly how he got John Carpenter, writer/director/composer of the original Halloween, to agree to come back to the franchise as executive producer overseeing the new movie.

“I sat in John’s living room, and I told him that I wanted to reinvent the Halloween film series, and I needed him to be a part of this,” says Blum. “I told him, ‘I’m not excited about doing this without you. I need you, and the fans need you.’”

The prolific producer went on to explain his desire to take on such an iconic genre franchise, stating, “I was excited by the challenge of reinventing a great horror title like Halloween. I want to go back to the basics, to what made the 1978 film so effective and scary.”

Also, while it has been reported that Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) was in negotiations to direct the next Halloween film, Blum says the search for a director continues.

“That’s still a rumor,” says Blum, referring to Flanagan’s involvement. “We don’t have a director yet. That is the next step.”

The targeted release date for the new Halloween movie is October 2017.

Read on for the full official press release, and then click here to read John Carpenter’s comments on returning to Halloween and Michael Myers!

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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  • Elijah Luthor

    I have no idea what is in the works for this new HALLOWEEN installment, but I do have genuine concerns. What is required for this series is to (01) properly continue ‘the original HALLOWEEN motion picture saga,’ (02) bring it full circle by connecting the films into one epic story-line, and then (03) finally put it to rest and be done with it. How can we bring it full circle? There are still many survivors from the installments that can come back, portrayed by their original actors, and concurrently unite / re-unite living family members we have never seen on-screen, all together. I can safely assume that the film-makers have no genuine interest in fixing the series as it presently stands and instead want to create a whole new anthology. We don’t need that, in my opinion. By starting over, assuming that is what this whole “re-invent” notion is all about, we now will have so many HALLOWEEN series versions covering different timelines. The original story-line following the first film – and ignoring 1982’s H3 – splits in to two timelines. After the night of Tuesday, October 31, 1978, [1978’s H1 and 1981’s H2] the story arc continues on with 1988’s H4, then 1989’s H5, 1995’s H6, and finally to 1998’s H7 and 2002’s H8. The other way to see this series is to wholly dismiss or omit H4, H5, and H6 and continue parts H1 and H2 twenty years later (literally) to H7, concluding with H8. Let’s all accept H3 is its own anthology. The story arc consisting of parts H1, H2, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8 needs to be continued and at last concluded. My vision on how to correctly repair this series, which people can ascertain for themselves on my Facebook page called “The HALLOWEEN Chronicles” is for H1 and H2 to become H2 and H3 allowing for a prequel installment to be made, having it become H1. This H1 is meant to formulate a believable yet suspenseful back-story before the events of October 31, 1963. This would be “HALLOWEEN: CHRONICLE ONE: The Night He Began.” This series requires a true beginning and a proper ending. My “HALLOWEEN: CHRONICLE NINE: The Night He Returns” or an “H9” is the sequel most fans for this franchise want. Imagine finally understanding the whole “Why are there two Jamie Lloyds?” saga (H4 – H6) as I intend for Danielle Harris to reprise the role that made her the superstar she still is. And to those who don’t know, she is “horror’s reigning scream queen!” She deserves recognition and appreciation and I definitely want her to come back. She herself has said in interviews she would love to be in a HALLOWEEN movie with her on-screen mother, Jamie Lee Curtis, as well as her on-screen brother, Josh Hartnett. My plans for an H9 would finally reunite family members, joining them with living survivors, and have them face evil together at long last. My tagline for H9 is (a) “Not everyone is entitled to one good scare!” and (b) “The Family Reunion We’ve All Been Waiting For.” I appreciate and completely understand fans’ concerns and wishes as well as reverencing the contributions the actors, writers, directors, and crew had done in making each film. Ignoring all of that history and hard-work is not only disingenuous, it is robbery from the audience, the dedicated fanbase. Ignoring some or all of the sequels in the Michael Myers saga is also disrespectful to Donald Pleasence’s motion picture legacy and personal passion for his character and the mechanics of movie-making. He was the glue that held this series together and the Loomis component is necessary to finish this saga out with his in-story living descendants and relatives. Speaking of finishing this series, H10 would be the finale installment and will put this series to rest once and for all: “HALLOWEEN: CHRONICLE TEN: RETRIBUTION.” So, whatever plans the film-maker people wish to pursue, it had better NOT disrupt the current timeline and overall story arc. If you Hollywood people want to start an all-new anthology, then by all means please do not link it to any film in the series and then ignore the rest. To recap, as of present, H3 or “HALLOWEEN III: Season of the Witch” is a stand-alone Halloween tale in its own anthology. H1 – H8, (sans H3), is the original story-line. Rob Zombie’s remake installments HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II are their own anthology. And lastly, this means we need one prequel and two more sequels in order to have a complete HALLOWEEN saga with a real beginning and an end; one through ten. There! These are my thoughts and of course there may be people and fans who(m) disagree. But, most of us, as far as I have learned over the passed few years, do indeed want a HALLOWEEN 9. God be with you all, and remember… ‘H9 carves up one good scare this harvesting season’…

  • Ryan Herbert Walker Hunter

    I bet John Carpenter probably has some fun memories of Malek Akkad from when he was just a kid in the 70’s and 80’s….this is such a nice moment in the history of the Halloween franchise! I really hope the Blu-Ray will include some nice documentaries about John Carpenter’s return!

Jason Blum Comments on “Reinventing” the ‘Halloween’ Franchise