An official press release came out earlier today from Dimension Films, confirming that Michael Myers will be back in Halloween Returns, a quasi-remake, reboot, or recalibration of the slasher who has appeared in ten film versions. Maybe more, I’m not quite sure these days.
Here is the official press release, courtesy of Arrow In The Head:
“Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have officially announced today that production will start in July on Halloween Returns, a new big screen franchise entry following notorious killer Michael Myers. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writers behind a number of the Saw films, have written the script, which is said to offer “a terrifying new installment of the classic franchise originated by John Carpenter”. Dunstan will also direct the film. Malek Akkad is set to produce with Matthew Stein as executive producer. The log line is currently being kept under wraps.
Michael Myers has taken a long break from the big screen and we know fans are eager to see him return. We are excited to be back in business with Trancas and look forward to bringing one of the scariest installments of this classic franchise to audiences worldwide,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company & Dimension Films.”
Are fans really eager to see Michael Myers return? And better yet, are they clamoring to see him appear in a film from Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the writers of the last four Saw movies? Tell me one thing that happened in those films worth remembering.
The last time we saw Michael Myers was in Rob Zombie’s over-the-top geek show bloodletting Halloween 2, which was even worse than the first Halloween 2! Of course, John Carpenter’s original is a true classic, and Myers has appeared in a few decent Halloween films over the last four decades, from Zombie’s first remake to the campy and nostalgic H:20. But there have been so many watered down entries into the franchise, so many forgettable sequels on top of sequels, and seemingly endless reshaping of the films and the character (remember the one with Paul Rudd? No? It’s ok.), that the character has passed his prime.
If you ask me, I say let’s put Michael Myers on the shelf and move on to something else. Then again, nobody is asking me…