There’s nothing more frustrating to us horror fans than sitting around waiting for some of our beloved slasher icons to make it back to theaters. While the studios continue to pump money into various superhero franchises, the horror legends we grew up loving are sitting on the couch getting fat on Cheetos. Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema are sitting pretty on Friday the 13th, while Warners and New Line has A Nightmare on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger in a coma. Then there’s Universal who’s attempting CPR on the Child’s Play franchise with the direct-to-video Curse of Chucky, now in pre-production, and Lionsgate has a January date set for their Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.
This leaves a few other familiar faces that have a home with Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Dimension Films. While the duo continue develop both a Scream sequel/reboot and TV series, they’ve also set their sights on getting both Pinhead and Michael Myers back in theaters.
Back on April 1 we broke the news that Platinum Dunes was in talks to take the producing reigns on Dimension’s next Halloween installment. (They may have also taken on the Hellraiser remake.) Sources told Bloody exclusively this weekend that, after nearly four months, Dunes is no longer working on either film. We can also confirm that the Weinsteins want to re-remake Halloween.
What’s incredibly frustrating is Bob and Harvey’s inability to give us horror fans what we want, which is more Halloween and Hellraiser films (that aren’t rushed, half-assed, direct-to-disc garbage). There are plenty of brilliant writers out there dying to tackle these franchises, and it’s mind-boggling that the brothers can’t settle on single pitch to get excited about. I have hundreds of ideas that range from revealing what happened to Michael Myers between Halloween 2 and Halloween 4 (as he wasn’t in Season of the Witch) to them telling the full original story of Pinhead. Point is, get it done.
So I ask you guys, if you guys were asked to pitch a re-remake of Halloween or a remake of Hellraiser, what would you do? How would you like to see these characters revived?