John Carpenter Breathes New Life Into Michael Myers
For fans of classic ’70s and ’80s horror franchises, the last decade has been eerily quiet. Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm St., and Halloween have all been dormant since the release of problematic sequels and/or remakes six or seven years ago. In the case of the latter, that’s about to change, as Blumhouse is joining forces with Miramax and Trancas to launch a brand new chapter in the saga of Michael Myers. But given the franchise’s recent history of mediocrity, why should you care? One reason: in an effort to return the franchise to its roots, this new film will be made with the participation of original director John Carpenter.
Carpenter is currently enjoying something of a renaissance, thanks to a pair of well-received albums (Lost Themes and Lost Themes II), and there’s a good chance he’ll be the one reworking his classic Halloween score. He will also serve as executive producer, steering the franchise clear of Rob Zombie’s most egregious errors. “We’re probably going to go back to the original traditions that we started with early on,” Carpenter said. “It’s kind of gone astray a little bit. I thought maybe the remakes went off somewhere that I didn’t want ‘em to go. Michael Myers is not a character. He is a force of nature. He is not a person. He is part supernatural, part human. He’s like the wind. He’s an evil wind. When you start straying away from that and you get into explaining, you’re lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in that direction.”
Producer Jason Blum was able to confirm a few things—a Halloween 2017 release date, a typically low Blumhouse budget—but he said many other questions have yet to be answered. “We’re not being vague because we know and we’re not telling,” he explained. “We’re being vague because we don’t know. We’re talking about different things. But I do feel like all of us kind of want to go… back to the basics—and not get into too much backstory, which we don’t need.”
In other John Carpenter news, the filmmaker discusses a variety of topics on the new episode of the Brett Easton Ellis Podcast—the first in almost six months—which you can hear below. You might even get a few hints about Halloween.