Update September 2012: It had been confirmed back in April 2012 that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes had launched a bid to take over the creative for a new Halloween franchise on behalf of Dimension Films. However it was recently revealed by sources close to Bloody Disgusting that Platinum Dunes, after four months of pitching, have withdrawn themselves from the project. It would now appear that the men holding the franchise purse strings, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, are once again favouring a Halloween reboot/remake. I’m going to suggest that this won’t be another remake of Carpenter’s film but rather, a restart with a whole new take on the story.., and to be fair, at this point, that’s about the best we can hope for.
Original report from March 2012 below:
Back in June last year Deadly Movies reported that Dimension and the Weinstein’s had slated Halloween 3D for a September 2012 release (see here). The thing is there wasn’t much more to this project than a couple of simple directives from the boardroom; 1) It would be a continuation from Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween 2 (i.e. not another reboot), and 2) It would be in 3D because that’s what the kids are in to these days. Little was know about any creative plans aside from the fact that Drive Angry and My Bloody Valentine 3D scribes Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer had been commissioned to write the screenplay, and had submitted a complete vision. Today comes the news that The Weinstein’s have now pushed the project from their 2012 schedule, with little news as to where (or when) it’s been pushed to (Deadly Movies called this one in our 2012 horror preview). Are we looking at a September 2013 release? Maybe, but don’t hold your breath, especially as the official line is that screenplays are still being considered and sought. It would seem that Michael, along with fellow slasher alumni’s Freddy, Pinhead, and Jason are stuck in remake development hell. As sad as news as this is, perhaps a career sabbatical is the best prescription for Michael; I really couldn’t fathom how you’d bring him back from the finale of Halloween 2 anyway (see an artistic representation below of how a post H2 Michael may look). However, fear not Halloween fans, it’s been three years since Michael’s last killing spree and he’s never spent more that six cinematic years away from Haddonfield.
Check out 10 ways Deadly Movies readers suggested bringing Michael back from development limbo here