One of the biggest news stories in the horror world this year was back in May when we learnt that Blumhouse was partnering with John Carpenter on a reboot of the Halloween franchise. Carpenter would executive produce the film and possibly even provide the score. Then in October, Jason Blum said that an approach hadn’t yet been decided on, nor had a writer/director, but that he was working with a handful of different creative teams in an effort to come up with the best way to reboot the series. The other day, Carpenter, who has publically expressed his dislike for Rob Zombie’s version [good for him], spoke to Dark Universe, and….well….he didn’t reveal an awful lot, but does seem to actually be keen on this project.
“I’ve known Jason for a while, he came to me and said ‘How do you feel about this now that rights have diverted?’ and I said, ‘Sure, why not? I’ll give it a shot and I’ll also try to support the director.’ We don’t have a script yet, so I can’t tell you what it’s about, but I guarantee you it’s about Halloween night and it’s about a masked killer”.
“I found myself bitching all these years about them making another one, so with this one I thought, well, maybe I can get in and help and make something I’m proud of instead of sitting at home grumbling”.
This is all well and good – for a start, Carpenter has been absent from movie making for too long – but the issue I have is that Halloween is one of the greatest horror movies ever made, and it seems pointless and even wrong to try to match it with yet another unnecessary remake in an era of unnecessary remakes. Then again, Blumhouse would have probably gone ahead with re-doing Halloween anyway, with or without Carpenter’s involvement. Carpenter does seem a bit revitalised after all that touring, I must say.