38 years after he terrified audiences with the 1978 original classic, John Carpenter returns to Lampkin Lane, and the ‘Halloween’ franchise, to finish what he stared as an executive-producer, and supposed composer, of the tenth installment in the legendary series.
You should know it’s not wise to play Halloween pranks on me!
According to Coming Soon, this is, in fact, not a prank. John Carpenter, the legendary director behind some of cinema’s most revered pictures of all-time, is set to return to the Halloween series after more than 34 years of non-involvement (Halloween III: Season of the Witch was released in 1982). Carpenter has signed on to exec-produce the new sequel, and is, allegedly, set to score the film!
Here’s what Carpenter said regarding the news:
"“38 years after the original Halloween. I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”"
The new Halloween film will be produced by Trancas International, Miramax and Blumhouse. Trancas owns the character rights, Miramax has the distribution rights, and Blumhouse, the ever-emerging studio to go to for horror, is helping with co-financing.
"“Trancas International is thrilled to be teaming up with Miramax on ‘Halloween,’ one of the most enduring horror franchises in film,”said Malek Akkad, who owns the character rights after inheriting the franchise from his late father, Moustapha Akkad. “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.”"
Jason Blum went on to add:
"“‘Halloween’ is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies,” says Jason Blum. “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.”"
This is by far some of the most stunning news I have ever seen in all my years of both covering horror and just being a fan. I can’t freaking believe any producer has convinced Carpenter to be involved in a future Halloween film.
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And he’s not just involved, but according to Jason Blum at the press announcement, the producer is hoping to get Carpenter to commit to scoring the picture. With Carpenter doing more music work lately, with his Lost Themes II being release a month or so ago, it won’t come as a surprise if he actually does come on board to provide the tunes for the next Haddonfield tale.
I can say this for certain. This is mega news for the horror community. Just the thought of Carpenter scoring any new horror film is out of this world, but the fact that it could to be the new Halloween film, makes this news mind-blowing.
So, are you excited about Mr. Carpenter’s Halloween homecoming?
Love Halloween? The works of the legendary John Carpenter? Let us know what your favorite Carpenter score is in the comment section below and don’t forget to also weigh-in with your thoughts on the shocking news. Trick ‘r’ Treat!