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‘HALLOWEEN’: ‘Saw’ Writers Pen “Recalibration” of Franchise!

We’ve been on pins and needles waiting for fresh Michael Myers news since the last story that broke was immediately debunked.

Official word comes in this Monday evening, via THR, who breaks the news that Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the writers behind various Saw sequels, have been tapped to pen the latest entry of the Halloween horror franchise for Dimension Films!

Sources say it’s not a remake, not a reboot, and not a re-imagining. One source said the project is a “recalibration.”


Malek Akkad, who has been associated with the franchise since the mid-1990s and producing the movies since the 2007 reboot, is producing with Matt Stein. He is the son of Moustapha Akkad, the man who executive produced the original batch of movies.

Rob Zombie directed the reboot and its 2009 follow-up but no director is attached to the new installment, which has been in development for several years now. Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) and Todd Farmer were at one point working on a Halloween 3D but since they departed years ago it’s been quieter than a night Haddonfield, Illinois.

With that said, what do they mean by “recalibration”? Is it just another excuse to avoid using the term “remake”?




  • I’ll tell you what I want. For it not to be written by the writers behind the various Saw sequels.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I want simplicity -Michael Myers stalking babysitters on Halloween night. No backstory, no twist, just likable characters and the “boogeyman”.

  • Kori Batchelor

    I get the feeling they are going back to the original series in some way, shape, or form and “deleting” Zombie’s take. I had fun with their “Collector” flicks and figure maybe Dunstan’ll direct this new Halloween. I am certainly curious to see how this all plays out.

    • wehoaks

      I get the same feeling. Otherwise a standalone story would be considered a reboot.

  • One of the greatest horror icons in cinema has been given to the guys who made all the bad SAW movies. Cool.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      You’re acting like he wasn’t just given to ROB FUCKING ZOMBIE.

      • psychomantis18

        Uhhhhhh.. Rob’s Halloween remake was fantastic and his DC of Halloween 2 i’d say was one of the 5 greatest horror films of all time. The hate he get’s is ludicrous, especially considering the Horror genre is the Rock of the film world. He made something different that had passion, integrity and balls, and he gets shunned by hipster horror fans the world over. Fair enough if you don’t like it, but he stayed true to our beloved genre that is sadly being ruined more and more by corporate greed.

        • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

          Bahahahaha go rewatch the scene where they all eat pizza and make weird noises, then say that again with a straight face. The movie was obnoxious, horrible and vulgar, aka par for the course for a Zombie film. Hipster horror fans? What does that even mean? That’s not even a thing you dope hahaha.

          CORPORATE GREED??! Rob Zombie REMADE HALLOWEEN! Bahahahaha you dope.

          • psychomantis18

            You’re an idiot

        • wehoaks

          Hipster horror fans? Eat a bag of dicks. Trash making halloween trash is still trash. Integrity? Bahahahah did you use your word of the day calendar when writing your post? The hate he gets is warranted because the guy can’t write a three dimensional charcter, let alone any character that doesn’t think and act exactly like his grungy ass. Keep sucking Rob’s schmeg covered balls.

          • psychomantis18

            So many stupid things in your reply, don’t know where to start. How about with irony? You sound like one of Zombie’s white-trash characters; Dumb, cocky, and therefore, better off dead.

          • wehoaks

            Don’t be such a prude, hipster.

          • psychomantis18

            Obviously I hit a sore spot with that hipster comment. Self-resentment is not the answer though. It may take a lot of effort but you don’t have to be a hipster. You can change.

          • wehoaks

            Okay, hipster.

          • psychomantis18

            ….lost cause. oh well

          • wehoaks

            It’s okay hipster.

          • wehoaks

            Don’t cry hipster.

  • Trisha Tachanawa

    Recalibration? Lol please don’t start throwing that word around now for another way to say “we’re about to reboot/remake this franchise again” A simple we’re getting another Halloween film will do. I hope we get Michael and a new set of characters. Legend of the boogeyman, Halloween night, bunch of teens get slaughtered, total mayhem. Michael and Jason story lines should not be so complex tbh.

  • zigwardScissorHands

    Whew, that’s a load of my mind, I was worried it would be another lousy reboot, a pathetic remake or another lousy re-imagining. We all know those never workout. Now that I know its a recalibration I’m almost sold on the idea. My only concern is maybe a re-jig of the series would be a safer option?

  • John Marrone

    But they just wrote the shitty Saw sequels, no?

    • John Marrone

      This fkn franchise is cursed like the vagina of a hollywood whore

      • Frank Lloyd Jr.

        Fun Fact: Kyle Richards, who played Lindsey Wallace in the original Halloween, is Paris Hilton’s aunt.

  • Foxy The Pirate

    People really think that they would rehash the old series?

    • wehoaks

      Shhh shhh it’s okay. Rest up little one. Shhh

      • Foxy The Pirate

        Just give up the dreams. The old series is dead.

        • wehoaks

          Good to know seeing as I never said anything about the original series. Keeping fingering yourself though.

          • Foxy The Pirate

            You actually did, suggesting that they would show what happened between H2 and H20. That was covered in the comics, which are official canon.

          • wehoaks

            I didn’t to you dipshit. Why do you have a rage boner anyway? Did the original Halloween series say no when you asked it out?

  • Queen B

    Does this “re-calibration” mean they’re taking the Curse of Michael Myers concept and expanding on that, with the evil men/cult, instead of the Laurie Strode saga?

    • Adam Clifton

      I hope so. Baby Steven would now be 17-18 years old. Can they get Paul Rudd to return?

  • Victor

    FINALLY!!!! News on this!! Halloween is my ULTIMATE favorite franchise so finally man…. Writer’s of Saw?? Ehhh I’m not to sure about that i’m not a huge fan of saw but they may bring something fresh and interesting though….. Super happy it’s not a reboot or remake but what does “recalibration” mean?

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      Re-calibration probably means remake, in this case.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    These guys also have non-horror chops too. They just sold scripts for The Outer Limits and God of War.

  • Kirby4Ever

    “Reboot”, “re-imagining”, “retooling”, “re-envisioning”, and now… “re-calibration”? The most creative thing these filmmakers have been able to come up with are clever ways of saying the word “remake” over and over again for the past decade.
    Good to see Michael and Jason back in the headlines, but I’ll believe it when I see it. After Friday the 13th getting pushed back yet again, I’m just gonna wait, not hold my breath, hope for some positive updates in the future, expect negative ones… or none at all.

  • TheWorst


    • Frank Lloyd Jr.

      That would be a great title. Halloween 11: The Regurgitation of Michael Myers! They could get Lindsay Lohan to play Laurie Strode.

  • baronterror

    as I said elsewhere, much like Godzilla 1985, Godzilla Millennium series, Texas Chainsaw, & other such movies they will hopefully make this a loose sequel to the original and maybe utilize any of the sequel stuff but not not be slavish to specific continuity. So it’s still part of “the original series” but actually making it better. Comic books “recalibrate” all the time. Adjust for previous things, retcon, update ideas, ect, without actually starting over completely. If this is what I think it is, it could be just great. Ignore Ressurection, or show that the whole thing was in Laurie Strodes mind, or just assume that only the first 2 movies actually happened, or the first two, and the 2 Jamie Lloyd movies, ect. This could be great and liberating.

    • wehoaks

      I’m thinking we are getting a sequel to the original halloween 2 wherein we see what Michael was doing during the twenty years before H2O.

      • baronterror

        Perfect example. H20 was already a “recalibration” wherin they stated they were not considering the sequels beyond the second. There was room to assume they happened if you wanted, but it was focused on a very specific storyline. Recalibrating is like realigning the direction with the desired direction.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Recalibration……… there’s a reason why my spell-checker flagged this sh*t.

  • LuJr81

    Lmao!! How stupid do these studios think we are? “oh its not a reboot its a recalibration” lol. Who the fuck came up with that fucking word lmao. If it doesn’t follow any of the previous installments, its a fucking reboot! God Damn just call it what it is and stop trying to bullshit us with new ways to say “remake” or “reboot”. I for one would love to see a reboot because Zombie’s films are pretty much impossible to follow and after Resurrection I want a fresh start. Michael Myers is my favorite slasher so I really would love see him back on the big screen. As far as Melton and Dunstan, I’m not 100% sold on them, loved the Collector’s, but they are also responsible for the awful P3DD. So hoping they get a great director to helm this. How about the Mo Brothers from Indonesia.They made Macabre 2009 and helped on Safe Haven in VHS 2 with Gareth Evans. I think they would make a great Halloween film.

  • EvilHead1981

    My guess is the use of the word “recalibration” means they are aiming to make the next movie fall in line with the original, classic gist of the series, “Michael Myers as the Shape stalks people around Halloween in Haddonfield”, but without the baggage of the original series(Cult of Thorn, Resurrection) and Zombie’s series. Anyways, the term “reboot”, in the modern age, tends to mean the movie will aim to be a totally new spin on the classic formula. Maybe this won’t be such of a new spin. Maybe it will spiritually take place akin to the original franchise, but like I said, without the baggage of later installments. Take it all back to “The Shape”.

  • Nathan Bradley

    My guess of what recalibration means is that they will just ignore the events of all earlier films.

  • Porty Guil

    is michael meyers going to have a little puppet sidekick?

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      He is going to wear a Chris Pine mask.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    I make this comment about remakes all the time, but I will say it again. The main themes in Halloween, spectacular as they are, are kind of generic. So- why not just be “inspired” by Halloween, and make your own version of “escaped lunatic with scary past stalks those who may or may not be connected to him in some way”?

  • Alex Lewis

    Halloween night dance would be a perfect storyline for this ” recalibration”

  • Normanus Cloves

    “It’s not a remake, not a reboot, and not a re-imagining. One source said the project is a ‘recalibration.'”

    I imagine the marketing people laboured for months to find that term, like the bumheads they truly are. In truth, “Recalibration” is such a broad label it’s effectively meaningless – it could refer to a totally new film using key elements (remake/reboot?), a clear follow-up using existing mythology (sequel/prequel?) or a sideways shift into something totally new (reimagining?).

    That can call it what they like, though, as it’ll still probably be shit.

  • Kane Soto
    • EvilHead1981

      100% agreed! His perception of “recalibration” aligns with my own. And if that’s what they mean, I think a lot of horror series deserve a good “recalibration”(especially the A Nightmare on Elm Street series).

  • Darnell

    I am pretty sure it means they are going back to the Carpenter format and it wouldn’t surprise me if they ignore anything that has happened outside of the first two films again much like H20 did.

    H20 could have been great but it was trying to copy the Scream format of the era. It just didn’t feel like a Halloween film.

    IMO outside of the original film the best sequel was part 4.

  • Jack Derwent

    Why do these two still get work? Are they really that popular in the industry?

    • Screenphile

      Kind of like David Goyer (or Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman) whom as far as I can see can do no wrong (even when they do terribly, terribly wrong).

  • Victor

    Please I pray this is done right… Halloween Is my favorite franchise period!!! My mom first played the original back in 1997 when I was 6 and ever since then Michael Myers is the reason why im on this website and why I love horror movies, I love all films to be honest except part 3, please tho for this generation lets take Michael back to his roots, the stalking, the theme music, the darkness, the mystery and evil behind those pitch black eyes. If we can take it back to the 1978 vibe this can be done right. Let’s make him scary again. I just pray pray they get this right! I’m so happy its announced but please let’s get a script started and let’s see Michael on the big screen he is the GodFather of Horror so let’s show people why he OWN’s that title. ENOUGH SAID, If not dimensions needs to hire me I have the best script and ideas in mind.

  • huntermc

    I take it that by “recalibration” they mean ignoring the previous reboot and returning to the original continuity.

  • Kenneth Tanner

    It’s about fucking time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope Micheal Myers will be Michaeal Myers.

  • homo

    They always fuck it up. Myers in a clown mask? Someone will need attention and have to have his/her moment.
    “We always follow the original.”
    Yeah, right.
    If they followed the original, we would’nt have had so many shit sequals. They keep making up crap as they go along.

  • homo

    I know he wore a clown outfit in H1 as a kid, The Halloween films WERE awesome, now they’re just some wrestler in tatty mask. He’s not even cool and calm, sinister or scrary as he was in the orignal. He’s just some dumb hillbilly.
    He’s just a boner.
    The Original Myers was awesome, but they never even go back to that guy. Why?

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