We are all very excited about Halloween Returns, but before we go getting too excited, let’s calm things down a little with a dose of reality.
Initially reports were saying that the new film, directed by Marcus Dunstan (The Collector), was set to go behind cameras next month, but Bloody Disgusting have done some digging, and have confirmed the film will not be heading into production quite so soon.
In all honesty, it did seem extremely optimistic to begin filming that soon after the announcement. There are no confirmed dates, but naturally BD are thinking that the film WILL still film this year, and it would instead be nearer to Halloween in order to get the proper feel for the film, which totally makes sense.
You don’t want to be seeing bright sunshine and trees and flowers living vibrantly: you want to see cold, dark nights and everything dead or dying on the eve of winter setting in.
Marcus Dunstan is directing from a script he wrote with Patrick Melton. The duo teamed on the scripts for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh “Saw” movies.
Dunstan also directed The Collector and its sequel,The Collection, so the series is in good hands.
“Halloween Returns” is produced by Malek Akkad with Matthew Stein as executive producer.
“Michael Myers has taken a long break from the bigscreen, and we know fans are eager to see him return,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chair of the Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “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.”
“The legacy of Halloween is something that Trancas is very proud of, and I look forward to working together again with Bob and Dimension to continue that tradition,” said Executive Producer Malek Akkad.
Casting is now underway.
“Halloween Returns” will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.