Back in May came word that the one and only John Carpenter had come onboard as executive producer on the next “Halloween” film which was now set up at Blumhouse Productions. Finally it seemed the franchise was making progress again after having stalled out with the original movie sequels in 2002 and the remakes in 2007 & 2009.
Sadly, several months on, it looks as if his involvement has not given the project any new momentum. Cinema Blend recently spoke with producer Jason Blum who says that the project is still alive, but it took a big step backwards recently and is a long way from being ready to go into production:
“We haven’t landed on a filmmaker, and we haven’t landed on an approach. We thought we had a filmmaker and an approach, and we don’t. We’re talking to a handful of people about it, all of them have different ideas. I don’t believe in coming up with an idea and telling a filmmaker what to do. So we have three to five different people we’re talking with, and all of them have a different idea about what it should be. And we haven’t landed on a group, and as a result we haven’t landed on an idea.”
The tentative remains “Halloween Returns” which suggests this will forget the Rob Zombie film storyline and go back to the original film series. Carpenter may also return to score the film, but that’s unconfirmed at this point.