A few days ago news broke that a new Halloween film is on the way. Titled Halloween Returns, the film is set to go into production next month, directed by Marcus Dunstan (who co-writes with Patrick Melton).
ShockTillYouDrop have now uncovered some casting news which may indicate exactly where Halloween Returns will take place in the Halloween franchise, and it looks like we’re going way back.
Shock has learned Halloween II’s Deputy Gary Hunt—who you may remember from the 1981 sequel as the blonde officer who accompanies Dr. Loomis to the school on the night he came home—appears in Halloween Returns, now as sheriff.
Hunter Von Leer played the deputy in Halloween II, although it was a relatively small role, but this casting could mean that Halloween Returns will ignore all the sequels after Halloween II, and take place shortly after the events of that particular film, in essence being the first threequel to actually feature Michael Myers (I have no complaints with Season of the Witch, it just didn’t have Michael Myers in it)
This is certainly exciting news, and it sounds like those behind Halloween Returns are doing much of the same that those behind Texas Chainsaw 3D and (as it rumoured) those behind the new Friday the 13th movie, and following on from somewhere near the beginning of the series.
I am intrigued to see what the plan is for Halloween Returns, but I am excited at the prospect of following on from Halloween II.
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, and production is set to begin next month!
“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.