Who Is In Talks To Direct The New ‘Halloween’ Movie?

Following Monday’s late night announcement that John Carpenter will return to executive produce the next Halloween movie, attention is now turning to who may direct the highly anticipated return of Michael Myers, and a report today from Bloody-Disgusting says that Hush director Mike Flanagan is at the top of the list for consideration, though Adam Wingard may have something to say about that.

BD is currently reporting that they now have confirmation that Mike Flanagan (Hush Oculus, Ouija 2) is in fact in negotiations to direct the next Halloween film, to be executive produced by John Carpenter, along with Malek Akkad and Blumhouse.

However, now director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) has tweeted a number of images this afternoon, which you can view below, fueling speculation that he too may be in talks to direct the new Halloween movie.

Have you seen Hush or The Guest (both now on Netflix) yet? What do you think of Mike Flanagan or Adam Wingard directing the upcoming return to Haddonfield?

Either choice sounds damn good to us. 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.

'Hush, directed by Mike Flanagan.
‘Hush’, directed by Mike Flanagan.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.

Who Is In Talks To Direct The New ‘Halloween’ Movie?