Filmmaker Marcus Dunstan has indicated he’s heavily pursuing “Community” actress Gillian Jacobs for the lead role in “Halloween Returns,” the upcoming continuation of the “Halloween” franchise at Dimension Films.
Halloween Daily News spoke with Dunstan who says: “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 Night,’ which is one of the most wrenching dramas, and she’s excellent. I thought, ‘I wonder if this great performer would do that again, would like to go there,’ and I think so.”
“Halloween Returns” is expected to be a direct sequel to 1981’s “Halloween II” and will ignore all subsequent sequels and remakes. The main lead will be that of Gary Hunt, the deputy who accompanied Dr. Loomis to the school and is now acting sheriff of Haddonfield, Illinois.
Talking about the title, Dunstan says: “It does function as what it means to say: If you commit a violent act, sometimes you get returns. What are the repercussions of being a violent entity? In that case, ‘Halloween Returns’ could mean a number of things.”
He also says the plan is to shoot on film, make a movie that stands on its own despite being part of an ongoing narrative (ala “Aliens,” “The Dark Knight”), and to return it to old school suspense rather than overly flashy theatrics: “Suspense isn’t expensive. A karate fight in a burning room is expensive. Michael Myers is subtlety and suspense.”
Malek Akkad is set to produce.