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Often times it feels like classic horror franchises are in a perpetual state of being rebooted and expanding with sequels, often at the same time. Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre have all been given such treatment. Halloween is another that continues to be reinvented, and the director of the next chapter in the saga of Michael Myers, Halloween Returns, has one actress at the top of his wishlist: Community star Gillian Jacobs. Talking to Halloween Daily News, director Marcus Dunstan, who helmed The Collector and its sequel, The Collection, revealed that Jacobs is his first choice to star in Halloween Returns. Expounding on his reasons, he said: I really like this actress Gillian Jacobs. She.s known for all this comedy on .Community,. and yet I didn.t know her from .Community. first, I knew her from a movie called .Gardens of the »
"Halloween" has long been my favorite horror film, and it's become clear over numerous awful sequels and Rob Zombie's abysmal 2007 remake that it's probably best to leave well enough alone. Not that they're going to! But it would be nice. Now Marcus Dunstan ("Saw 3D," "The Collector") is on board to helm a reboot entitled "Halloween Returns," and in a new interview with "Halloween" superfan Darnell Weeks, he spilled a few details on the forthcoming project (full interview embedded at the bottom of the page): On getting inspiration from John Carpenter's original movie: "[Co-writer Patrick Melton and I] went back to the original screenplay too and just read it, John Carpenter's draft, and timed it with watching the movie, and line for line it keeps the same clock as watching the movie, so if you're reading the pages, it's almost like a shot list." On the project's progress: "The coolest thing »
- Chris Eggertsen
Moviehole first broke the news over the weekend that Halloween Returns was being written by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Saw franchise, The Collector, Feast) with Bloody Disgusting later adding that Dunstan would be directing as well.
Moviehole claims that Halloween Returns will be a “stand-alone” film and will take place years after Myers’s original murderous rampage. Now the killer is on trial, and the 18-year-old child of one of Myers’s victims is obsessed with his case. Myers then escapes from his planned execution and hunts down those with a vendetta against him.
- Brian Welk
Michael Myers is on death row, and that's where the mayhem is set to begin for Halloween Returns...
Six years after the release of Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a brand new Halloween film is finally going into production. This one seems to be steering clear of Zombie's pair of movies, and instead is set to see Michael Myers on death row. The story this time around? Two youngsters - the 18-year old child of one of Myers' victims, and the offspring of a cop obsessed with his case - toddle along to watch the execution. Naturally enough, said execution is not expected to go to plan. Those two youngsters might just want to make their wills.
Casting Has Begun for The Next Halloween Film Entitled Halloween Returns. Dimension films has begun the casting process for the next entry into the beloved, yet half-terrible, franchise of horror films. This will be the 11th film in the series, and is meant as a “recalibration” of sorts.
This will be a reboot. This will not follow the latest Rob Zombie directed films, nor continue along the Jamie Lee Curtis or Busta Rhymes storylines. That was a joke, but I felt it necessary to point out. In all seriousness, I adore the first Halloween film. It’s one of my top five horror films, and was a major influence of sensibilities and aesthetic taste in my early childhood. I’ve followed the franchise all my life and am always hoping for something pure, something that gets back to that first film. Hell, even the second, or H:20, even. I know »
- Marco Margaritoff
We knew, as of February this year, that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton were finally writing the much-delayed next Halloween sequel. This morning comes the relatively unsurprising news that Dunstan will also direct. Production is due to start imminently, and the film now has a title too. It's (ahem) Halloween Returns. Dunstan and Melton are the writing team behind Saws IV-vii, the Feast films and Piranha 3Dd. Halloween Returns - the eleventh Halloween - won't be his first gig behind the camera however. He made his debut with The Collector in 2009, followed by its sequel The Collection in 2012.There's still nothing officially known about the film's plot or angle, other than that it's planned as a "recalibration" of the Halloween series. Bloody Disgusting have a plot synopsis of unclear origin that involves two now grown-up children of Michael Myers' victims sneaking into death row to watch the slasher's execution, »
It.s been a good, long while since we.ve heard much of anything about the Halloween reboot, and longer still since the last movie debuted. But today comes a whole bunch of information, including confirmation on the director and . pause for dramatic effect . what this iteration will be about. First off, Bloody Disgusting confirmed that Marcus Dustan, the director of The Collector and a writer behind some of the Saw movies, will direct the Halloween reboot, titled Halloween Returns. Last we heard the title was called Halloween: The Next Chapter, which seems to have been misinformation. Dustan is already in charge of penning the script with co-writer Patrick Melton, and this role will give him more control in seeing his vision come to fruition. Now for the juicier morsels. Along with the confirmation of Dustan comes the first plot synopsis for the film. Halloween Returns is said to »
Michael Myers will return to terrorize sexually active teenagers in the newly announced Halloween Returns. Previously known as Halloween 3D and set to be directed by Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer, the film will now be directed by Saw writer Marcus Dunstan from a script he wrote alongside Patrick Melton. The pair have worked multiple times together on films like The Collector, Piranha 3Dd, and the... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Talk of another Halloween movie has existed since Rob Zombie's Halloween II failed to energize the box office. At one point it was a 3-D film and the last time I reported on it was just over a year ago. Now, however, there seems to be more movement than we've seen in a long time as a synopsis for Halloween Returns has arrived (via Moviehole) and a director has been hired (via Variety). Word is Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are collaborating to bring Michael Myers back to life. The duo worked together writing films such as The Collector and Saw 3D: The Final Chapter with Dunstan making his directorial debut on The Collector. Here's the rumored plot: The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers' victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers' case, even putting it before his own daughter. »
- Brad Brevet
We’ve been talking about a new Halloween movie ever since Halloween II came out back in 2009, but now it’s actually happening. This isn’t a rumor or a random update from a hopeful producer. Dimension Films and Trancas International Films just officially announced that Halloween Returns goes into production in July. We already knew that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the script, but now Dimension and Trancas also added that Dunstan is set to direct the film as well. Dunstan and Melton co-wrote a bunch of Saw scripts, Piranha 3Dd, The Collector and The Collection. Dunstan also directed those last two so Halloween Returns will mark his third go behind the lens. I’m not a big The Collector fan, so it’s tough to get hyped about the new Halloween movie based on Dunstan and Melton's involvement alone. According to the press release, the log line is being kept under wraps, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Michael Myers, aka The Shape, will return in “Halloween Returns,” which Marcus Dunstan will director for Dimension Films and Trancas International Films, the companies announced Monday. Dunstan previously directed the clever genre movie “The Collector” and co-wrote several movies in the hit “Saw” franchise with Patrick Melton. The duo also wrote the script for “Halloween Returns,” for which plot details were not immediately available. Malek Akkad will produce the horror movie, while Matthew Stein will serve as executive producer. Dimension Films executives Matthew Signer and Keith Levine will oversee the project for the studio. Also Read: 'Friday the 13th »
- Jeff Sneider
Dimension Films and Trancas International Films announced today that Halloween Returns, the next installment in the landmark Halloween horror franchise, will roll cameras this July, cementing Michael Meyers’ long-awaited return to the big screen.
Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton penned the script for the new take, which is said to act as a “recalibration” for the series. Dunstan, the mastermind behind horror duology The Collector and The Collection, is also directing, with Malek Akkad producing.
Dunstan and Melton already have many successful collaborations under their collective belts. Their take on The Outer Limits is currently in development over at MGM, while they’ve also worked on Universal’s God of War and recently sold Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as a pitch to CBS Films, which is still developing it into a film.
Plot details for Halloween Returns are being kept under wraps, but the script »
- Isaac Feldberg
It looks like Michael Myers is heading back to the big screen for a “recalibration” of the Halloween franchise post-Rob Zombie, with Bloody Disgusting reporting that Marcus Dunstan (The Collector) is set to direct Halloween Returns from a script by himself and regular collaborator Patrick Melton (Saw IV – The Final Chapter).
Here’s the plot for the new movie:
The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when »
- Gary Collinson
Following an exciting morning of Haddonfield happenings, Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have officially announced Michael Myers back on the big screen in Halloween Returns. Written by Marcus Dunstan & Patrick Melton, and to be directed by Dunstan (The Collector, The Collection), Halloween Returns will get underway this July. “Michael Myers has taken a long break from the…
- Samuel Zimmerman
A new film in the famous Halloween series is being planned, and will be a new stand-alone movie in the series which will introduce a new audience to Michael Myers. Moviehole.net report the news of the movie, which is currently in the casting stage.
The site has more information around the film’s plot:
“Halloween Returns” will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. »
- Paul Heath
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writing pair behind Saw IV-VII, the Feast films and The Collector and Collection are currently at work on a new iteration of Halloween, or “recalibration,” to follow up the Rob Zombie films. Announced in February, the first word on what’s apparently titled Halloween Returns is coming in. On Saturday,…
The post Halloween Returns: Myers Stalks Haddonfield Again appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Generations of readers have been spooked by Stephen Gammell's illustrations and haunted by Alvin Schwartz's words that are printed on the pages of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, but never before has a documentary examined the series' lasting impact. Until now. An Indiegogo campaign for a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary film is underway, and you can help bring it to life.
Started on March 18th and running through April 27th, producer/director Cody Meirick's Scary Stories: A Documentary looks to explore the history of the Scary Stories book series' publication, how the stories inspired artists, the censorship of the series and children's literature in general, and other topics. Meirick has already begun interviews for the documentary and plans on shooting throughout the summer with a planned winter release at festivals. The late Alvin Schwartz's family has expressed their support »
- Derek Anderson
Any Halloween fan will tell you that, as far as Michael Myers goes, one thing is for certain – the guy doesn’t stay dead for long. Dimension Films is actively plotting the fearsome killer’s latest return to the big screen, and in order to get the ball rolling on what one source called a franchise “recalibration,” the studio has hired Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the screenwriting duo behind multiple Saw movies, to pen the script.
Franchise mainstay Malek Akkad, who has been producing Halloween movies since the 2007 reboot but involved since the mid-1990s, is producing alongside Matt Stein. Akkad is the son of original executive producer Moustapha Akkad.
It’s still unclear what role this new Halloween entry will play in deciding the future of the franchise. Dimension obviously understands that some repiloting is in order given how poorly Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot and 2009 sequel were received by fans, »
- Isaac Feldberg
In October of 1978, we saw Michael Myers come home. It was the first time he’d stepped on his town’s soil in 15 years, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last. Over the decades, we’ve seen the serial killing prodigal son of Haddonfield cross back into small town limits to create carnage with everything from a butcher knife to a pitchfork, though we haven’t seen his silent rage at work on the big screen since Rob Zombie’s H2 in 2009.
But we’re now one big step closer to seeing Michael come home again, as the folks at Dimension Films have hired a pair of writers to pen the long-gestating next entry in the Halloween franchise, and many horror hounds are very familiar with the duo tasked with bringing back The Shape.
- Derek Anderson
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the scripters behind Saw IV-VII, the Feast series and The Collector and The Collection, will pen a new Halloween, finally following Rob Zombie’s films. THR reported the news of the film, to be produced by Malek Akkad and Matt Stein. No director is attached or announced, and it seems there’s little sense what to call the…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
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