On June 15th, Deadline reported that Dimension Films and Trancas International Films will begin production in July on the latest entry in the franchise HALLOWEEN RETURNS. This new film will take place within the same continuity as the 2007 reboot of HALLOWEEN and its 2009 sequel HALLOWEEN II, both of which were directed by Rob Zombie. However, Zombie will not directly have a hand in this next entry into the franchise. The script was penned by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, and Dunstan is set to direct. No details of the plot have been released, however Bob Weinstein, co-chair of Dimension and its parent company, The Weinstein Company, expressed his enthusiasm to Entertainment Weekly:
“Michael Myers has taken a long break from the big screen and we know fans are eager to see him return. 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.”
On the one hand, it’s nice to see that Dimension would choose to move forward within the same continuity that they created back in 2007 rather than simply rebooting the series again, not to mention that at least this third film will be a continuation of the Michael Myers storyline and won’t have anything in common with the confusingly out of place HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH, which steered away from the original two HALLOWEEN films in an attempt to turn the franchise into an anthology series (failing to do so mainly because it was spectacularly terrible). It is unclear however, since no plot details have been released, if the film will really focus on a resurrected Michael or if it will center on his younger sister Laurie’s struggle to recover from the events of the previous films. Given how Zombie’s HALLOWEEN II ended, it is entirely possible that the entire movie could be a war for Laurie’s sanity; a battle between trying to return to a normal life and the unstoppable force that drove her brother to kill. HALLOWEEN RETURNS could easily mirror the storyline from HALLOWEEN 4 & 5, in which Michael’s niece Jamie Lloyd endured a similar struggle against her uncle’s murderous tendencies.
Personally, I was never fond of Zombie’s take on the famous horror icon, but I would gladly welcome a HALLOWEEN film that made Laurie the antagonist, if nothing else to see something different from a franchise making its 11th entry in the series. It would be a continuation of the story, but a new take on her character in a way that paid respect to previous films in the franchise (if they could steer clear of that whole curse thing though, that would be great).
What do you think of the news? Are you excited to see the continuation of the 2007 storyline, or do you wish Michael would just stay dead already? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
~ Megan Salinas
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