John Carpenter Updates Status of New ‘Halloween’ Movie

The biggest news of the year for horror fans was the announcement back in May that John Carpenter will return to the Halloween franchise as executive producer to help oversee a new movie from Miramax and Blumhouse Productions, but there has been little progress since, and now Carpenter himself, who has spent most of this year on his first concert tour, has offered an update on the status of the highly anticipated return of Michael Myers to the big screen.

Speaking to Dark Universe this week, Carpenter confirmed that there is still no script written for the next installment of the Halloween franchise. He added that all he can say for sure is that the new film will take place on Halloween night and it will be about “a masked killer”.

In this most recent interview, Carpenter says, “I’ve known Jason (Blum, producer) for a while. He came to me and said, ‘How do you feel about this now that rights have diverted?’ and I said, ‘Sure, why not? I’ll give it a shot and I’ll also try to support the director.’

“We don’t have a script yet, so I can’t tell you what it’s about, but I guarantee you it’s about Halloween night and it’s about a masked killer.”

Carpenter adds, “I found myself bitching all these years about them making another one, so with this one I thought, well, maybe I can get in and help and make something I’m proud of instead of sitting at home grumbling.”

Many fans online have jumped all over the fact that the name “Michael Myers” is never mentioned, only a “masked killer”, which leads some to believe that the new film may not even have Myers in it. I don’t think this will be the case, as it is unlikely the franchise will ever again completely abandon the Myers character, but it is an interesting observation nonetheless. And at this point, anything is possible.

When it was announced back in May that Blumhouse would team with Miramax and Trancas International for a new Halloween film, Carpenter said of his involvement in the project, “38 years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”

What do you want to see in the next Halloween movie? How would you feel if it centered on a different, new masked killer?

Keep watching this site for updates on the return of Michael Myers and the all the latest news on the next Halloween movie!

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  • Nikos Ikonomidis

    In my mind, for a new Halloween movie to be really worth it, it must diverge first from the mainstream of the horror movies of our times, and second from a tendency for repetition that could win the fans.I am not a fan of the series, I just consider John Carpenter’s Halloween perhaps the best movie ever made, and I need an auteur to direct the new film.Even It follows, which was the best incarnation of Carpenter’s movie was unsatisfactory to me.On the other hand, if someone like David Gordon Green put his hands on the film, we might end with something special.I wish we did!

John Carpenter Updates Status of New ‘Halloween’ Movie