We almost didn’t run this story but a lot of our readers are emailing us asking about it so we figured we’d give the update as we know it. By now we all know that Halloween 3D or some related reboot of the Halloween franchise is in development. If you’re behind you can catch our latest exclusive report on the matter here.
The basic gist is that The Weinstein Company is still moving forward with the franchise. They might even appear at Cannes to shore up some sales territories. Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier had previously been tapped to put a take together, but that was a few years back and Farmer has (via his twitter account) acknowledged that they are no longer involved.
So this update comes as something of an effort to head things off at the pass. Scout Taylor-Compton, who played Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake and its 2009 sequel, has tweeted this statement. And it’s a tad early to count her in at the moment.
I’m not saying she’s not in it. I’m just saying she’s not in it right now and that I doubt the series is continuing in the RZ canon at all. Compton has previously (and erroneously) announced the 7500 release date a couple of times and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was another case of her being told the wrong thing.
It’s been 5 years since Zombie’s Halloween 2 and Dimension, like most studios, is probably trying to figure out ways to reinvigorate their IP. H2 cost $15M and grossed $33M. They’ve probably made money at this point, but it didn’t come super easy (remember the difference between net and gross). Even if something is seen as a mild success, after 5 years they’re not going to entrench themselves in that creative gene pool. I’d imagine they’re looking for a new way to exhilarate the brand, and that they’re looking at any and all takes.
Compton tweeted this three days ago (and cc’d another horror site in the process), and there has been no followup announcement. We here at BD don’t wish her ill and, if she does indeed appear as Strode again, that’s great. But there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be worked out before they even begin casting and I wouldn’t be surprised if this reboot was made from scratch. Dimension may very well want to do something new.