This morning news broke that casting is currently underway on the newly titled Halloween Returns, a “recalibration” of the Halloween franchise penned by Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, the duo behind various Saw sequels, as well as Pacific Rim, Feast, The Collector and The Collection.
Learning that a casting call went out, Bloody Disgusting did some digging and was able to exclusively learn that Dunstan is confirmed to be the next director to bring Michael Myers to life!
Dunstan previously directed The Collector and The Collection, both of which he co-wrote with Melton. The two got their start after winning “Project Greenlight” and having their screenplay produced into Dimension Films’ super fun 2005 Feast.
Filming is also confirmed to begin this July!
“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,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company & Dimension Films.
“The legacy of Halloween is something that Trancas is very proud of, and I look forward to working together again with Bob and Dimension to continue that tradition,” said Executive Producer Malek Akkad.
Earlier this morning the Halloween Returns plot was revealed:
Halloween Returns will be a standalone film set to reintroduce audiences to Michael Myers years after his initial rampage. It will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters against Myers.
The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.
Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.
With casting underway, and a director in place, expect things to begin heating up in Haddonfield, IL!