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Who’s Directing ‘Halloween Returns’?! (Exclusive)

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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!

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  • Francesco Falciani

    🙁

  • well he did direct two other rather brutal slasher films. lets see how he does

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      …brutal…

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    Having seen all of Dunstan’s films, I am not at all happy about this news. The guy’s film aesthetic is fast, slick, and at times hysteric (not to mention heavy on the gore) and that’s everything that a Halloween film shouldn’t be. Carpenter was heavy on atmosphere, character, and simplicity, all of which works perfect for a MM film. Sigh. David Robert Mitchell or Mike Flanagan would have been better choices, oh well.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      Well I’m confident his movie won’t be gore heavy. I think his Collector movies required that, given their traps.

    • Ace Stephens

      Like many in general audiences, the people making this don’t want atmospheric or character-driven. A significant portion of the audience just wants blood and gore and doesn’t really care about all of that other stuff very much. I think there is room for a “happy medium” or simply a more traditional approach which is willing to take the hit from general audiences in the hopes of garnering solid word of mouth. But I highly doubt that the Weinsteins and writers of Saw IV-3D are the ones to give us that.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    HEY MALEK AKKAD! It’s not too late to get DAVID ROBERT MITCHELL. I hope you’re reading this. This is what I predicted months ago but is something I’m not necessarily excited about, even though I enjoyed The Collector.

    He’s a great writer and the story sounds awesome. I have a feeling this one will be really character and story driven.

  • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

    “But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.”

    Most interesting aspect of the logline to me. And here I was for months thinking what story they could come up with for the next movie like “Should it be in Haddonfield?” “Should it have Loomis and Laurie?” “It should just be simple and suspenseful like the original Halloween”. No, no, and no. The audience simply demands more these days. These guys know what they’re doing, despite me not being sold on Marcus directing.

  • Jacob

    Well, with this director, I’m one-hundred percent down with this movie. If Rob Zombie’s remakes followed with the style of his other movies, let’s hope Dunstan’s is the same way.

    Because The Collector and The Collection are nothing short of amazing.

    • Matt Thompson

      Man, I wish I shared your low standards.

      • Jacob

        They’re low, but only so that I can at least somewhat enjoy whatever comes out.

        Halloween was originally a lowly made film anyway. It wasn’t some highly thought-of art film. It was some attempt to make a quick buck. There’s no deeper meaning or subject matter.

        The only thing that Halloween had going for it is that it was different for horror movies back then. Aside from maybe Black Christmas and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

        Anyway, this recalibration, whatever that means, should at least be good enough to give us a refreshing Halloween film that does what the original did and surprise us all.

    • Conan

      Well both those movies were dumb. But his direction was good so who knows.

  • TheWorst

    That means at least 7 more years we’ll have to wait for a possibly not-terrible Halloween movie.

    • Conan

      I like how positive you are. 🙂

      • TheWorst

        Feast and The Collector were barely passable, at best. All of the sequels were throwaway cash grabs.

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  • CP Munk

    I was really digging that pitch made by someone who’s an fx guy, and he made like a 5 minute presentation about 2 years ago because he wanted to direct. Would’ve liked some new blood, instead of these 2 guys, but oh well.

    • pacman68

      You mean this. And yes …. I want this more then those guys. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZECC-f1CKU

      • CP Munk

        LOL yeah that’s it. I posted it like 10 minutes after. This looked fucking awesome. I’m afraid with the guys directing it now, it’s going to be nothing but a blood bath orgy. Minimal story, and lots of blood, which some people might like but not me.

        • pacman68

          I totally agree with you. I don’t see how anyone who loves Halloween can’t watch this animatic and not be like. Fuck..let’s hire this guy!! Very well done and scary.

  • Daniel Anderson

    Had me at feast, and Collector franchise. Fantastic.

  • Steve Wasko

    Well, at least the last memory of Michael Myers won’t be him getting felled by Busta Rhymes.

  • Jonathan Rogers

    As long as Rob Zombie doesn’t have anything to do with this one, I’ll be happy.

  • CP Munk

    • Halloween_Vic

      I love this concept, this would be perfect I wish this got picked up!

    • Frank Lloyd Jr.

      Nice “twist” ending.

  • Shay Lauderdale

    I am pretty hyped then. Both Collector movies were actually awesome.

  • Khy

    I’m pumped. Sounds pretty fresh. And glad to see MOVEMENT. Bet we get this next October.

  • Justin Duarte

    Sounds to me like this could follow the original series of films, completely ignoring the Rob Zombie remakes. And I’m very happy about that

  • RedMountainRanch

    As long as it distances itself from the Rob Zombie crap, I’ll take it.

    • Lori Hopkins

      TRUTH! RZ “version” was a load of SH*T!

  • Jonathon Asuna Leafa Richards

    they didn’t write pacific rim

  • Drool Bear

    If Michael is on death row, that means well probably see more of his real face then that of him wearing the mask. Wonder who will play him?

    • Jefferson D’Arcy

      Morgan Freeman.

  • Whiskeyriver

    Speaking of movie sequels that really needs to come out: THE COLLECTED. Come on, give us The Collected already.

  • I loved “The Collection”. This is pretty exciting news. I think Dunstan has what it takes to make a suspenseful and bloody modern edition to the franchise. Fingers crossed we can get this by THIS Halloween instead of next.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      4…months…

    • Khy

      Haha this Halloween is way too much of a stretch. Maybe if they had started production in January/February, but now it’s far too late to aim for this Halloween.

      • Lol. I didn’t actual do the math. Wishful thinking.

      • wehoaks

        This Halloween is so close yet next year’s is so far away I can’t imagine why they’d need to shoot now if for 2016.

        • Khy

          Well anything is possible. Though I do wonder if Dimension even cares about releasing it during Halloween. Knowing them they’d drop it in a random month like January or something lol.

          • wehoaks

            Would be nice if they release a Halloween you know, around Halloween. Although their track record is abysmal: H6- September. H7- August. H8- July. Both remakes- Labor Day weekend. I’m thinking they’re shooting for this Halloween and that’s why they haven’t announced a release date. That way they can wait and see if they’ll make it and if they don’t they can say release is _____ 2016 without looking like they moved release dates.

          • Yeah Dimension has been known to do reshoots up to weeks before a film’s release, so I’m sure they could crank it out in time for this October if they wanted. It’d probably wind up as a rushed mess though. I’ll be as patient as possible and hold out for next year. Wah wah wah.

          • wehoaks

            Wasn’t the planned Halloween 3 with Farmer & Lussier supposed to be written shot and released in 3 months?

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            Lussier signed on in September of 2009 and the film was to be released in 2011.

          • wehoaks

            http://wendago.com/2010/01/08/september-rain/comment-page-1/ I had it a little mixed up. They had from mid-September to write, prep, scout locations and film the entire movie before dec. 22 (due to drive angry contracts).

          • I think it was something ludicrous like that. I’d like for them to release their script at this point. It’d be fun to see what they had planned.

          • wehoaks

            Read it. Was better than zombies two films but that’s not saying much. C+.

          • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

            I could bash my face against the keyboard 90 times and come up with a better script than either of Zombie’s Halloweens.

          • wehoaks

            Throwing feces at the wall and seeing if words form is better than a zombie script.

          • Eww, I wanna read it. Did you find it online?

          • wehoaks

            I did not. Got a copy through my agency.

          • Khy

            If they are planning to release it this year I would be thrilled! I do believe it can happen if they were really pushing for it. I mean the movie is already casting, filming has already been set for July, script is set, Director in place- these are relatively simple movies to make as they aren’t big summer blockbusters with a billion effects. Not to mention just about every film in the series was filmed the same year it was released. So they could make it if the determination is there- Only thing I would be worried about is promotion but then again that’s where the perks of having “name recognition” comes in at lol. People will definitely flock to go see “Halloween Returns” on Friday, October 30th! It could be like the old days when you went into a movie without knowing too much about it. That said, whatever works for the film is ideal, if that means us waiting to 2016, I could handle it. I’m just happy it’s in production period. That’s the most exciting part for me, the hype, the speculation, set photos ect. Lot of the times that’s better than the movie lmao

          • wehoaks

            Yeah the speculation over the next few months is the fun part! I hope they go back to a no name cast.

  • Cameron Fraser

    That plot sounds so fucking dumb lol. I enjoyed The Collector/Collection but I have zero confidence in them pulling off a Halloween movie, they were picked because Bob Weinstein can control them easily plain and simple.

  • The plotline not only sounds like the similar one for the planned but abandoned HALLOWEEN:ASYLUM(which was to have starred Donald Sutherland[as the asylum director/chief],but got cancelled[along with other numerous planned storylines]for Rob Zombie’s two HALLOWEEN films) with teen characters(for Michael to play off against),but it sounds like more of the same,yet I hope that it does get made and released since it’s been six years since we last saw Michael Myers on the big theatrical screen and both Malek Akkad and the Weinstein Brothers can be real flakes and cancel this one at any minute(like they did with Patrick Lussier’s and Todd Farmer’s H3/3-D),and will this one be in 3-D,as well ?

    • Khy

      No I dont think it will be in 3D

  • aaronmb

    Uh, 90% of it sounds like a ripoff of Shocker.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Yes filming this JULY!!!! Sooner then expected but I’m fucking excited!! I stated earlier not a huge fan of the plot I feel as if all this time sitting on the concept of this film they could have came up with something better, but I’m just so happy to finally see the project get picked up FINALLY!!! I like the Collector and LOVED The Collection so I hope they don’t fuck this up!! Please get back to the roots of the original, make people fear Michael again make him Scary again,dark, mysterious do not expose his face. Make him stalk his victims in the shadows again bring that presence he had in the first 2 original films. It’s time make people talking about michael again and why he’s King of Halloween. I’m beyond fucking excited honestly!!!! This means next year were getting both a new Halloween film and Friday the 13th film!!! Have Michael Stalking and hunting down his victims one by one in this prison make it dark/ruthless/creepy show the evil behind his eyes again!!!

    • Khy

      Six long years….I am SO ready for another theatrical Halloween. I’m still in shock that it’s already casting haha. Now c’mon Friday….lol

      • Halloween_Vic

        Right?!? LOL feel’s kinda so real to be honest, like finally!!! Can’t wait to see who they cast and when we get behind the scenes pictures and on set photos. I’m just beyond ready lol and happy that we get to see the king of horror and slashers back on the big screen. And then Friday the 13th is in the works also lol its like 2009 all over again when Friday the 13th(2009) and Halloween II(2009) were released. But I’m honestly so happyyyy I hope they just don’t pull a Texas Chainsaw(2013), but considering the writers/director I feel this is in good hands so MY BODY IS READY LOL!

        • Khy

          2009 was the year. We had My Bloody Valentine, Friday The 13th, The Final Destination, Saw VI, Sorority Row, The Last House On The Left- There was so much shit to look forward too and get hyped about! Great year as far as anticipation. Hopefully 2016 shapes up to be a big year for horror franchises as well. We have Halloween Returns, Leatherface and Friday The 13th going for us- now we just need a Nightmare to get rolling!

          • Halloween_Vic

            Exactly!!!! 2009 was the best year of films for me lol since there were so many horror exclusives!! Leatherface, Michael, Jason I cant wait those 3 exclusives alone make 2016 the best line up since 2009 lol. All we do need is freddy and were good to go! But seriously so happy Halloween finally is getting made!!! Michael’s my favorite of the 3 so this makes it extra special!!!

  • Interesting news!

  • wut

    I’ll watch it… but these guys are hacks. I must be the only one who did not enjoy their “Collector” films.

  • David Angle

    Not to be rude but they should really stay away from the “Death Row/Day of Execution” Scene. That sounds extremely hokey and corny. This should NOT be either of those.

  • DeadInHell

    This is great news. Anyone other than Uwe Boll would be an improvement over Rob Zombie, his films were atrocious. These guys may not be the most critically acclaimed duo in modern horror, but Feast and The Collector are proof that they are miles ahead of Zombie when it comes to working within the genre. The Collector in particular manages to bring the sort of suspense that Zombie could only dream of building, and that is exactly what any Halloween film needs.

    Now, if they can just get the mask right.

    • Khy

      Lol that’s probably the only thing I’m worried about now- the mask.
      Hopefully it’s as close to the original mask as possible.

  • This plot sounds horrible. Myers on deathrow? Seriously?

    • wehoaks

      I bet he’s off death row within ten minutes. Why is a serial killer such as him being on death row so damn unfathomable to some people?

      • Khy

        I really don’t understand. People are acting like this is going to be the Shawshank Redemption or some shit. Sounds to me like that whole death row/execution stuff will simply serve as the opening. Michael will break free, go after the two main teens and their pals and BAM- back to the basics. Its really not a big deal lol

        • wehoaks

          Yup. It’ll be just as it was in the original I’m sure. After fifteen minutes it’ll be the morning of October 31st in Haddonfield.

      • How you gonna capture and take Michael Meyers to court and contain him? Nah. They basically took the idea of him being contained early on from the first one and were like “hm we want this to be a sequel to the originals so what can we say he’s been doing? Okay yeah he’s just been locked up on death row.”

        • wehoaks

          Why does that seem so inconceivable to you?

          • Jeff Loomis

            Because he’s a fucking goon who thought that “It Follows” was actually scary. I’ll bet you’re pumped for MTV’s “Scream” eh “Steadymob?”

          • lol, I never said I thought It Follows was frightening…If you read my first post I said that it had a lot of issues but the first hour has some excellent suspense/creepy moments. Are you going to tell me The Collection and Collector were scary?? No way. Calling me a fucking goon just makes you sound salty about someone else’s opinion. Grow up.

          • Oh and to answer the other part of your cordial comment, no I haven’t even seen anything about the Scream MTV thing.

          • SugarShane333

            It follows was decent but not the least bit scary. The opening shot of that dead chick was phenomenal, but the lead actress was so damn annoying and thinking they were gonna kill it with household electrical items was laughable.

            That said, it was beautiful and the impending sense of doom was fantastic. With a few changes it could have been what BD hyped it to be.

        • Khy

          Who cares? You’re putting way more thought into something that will probably not even be focused on that much. I’m more concerned about where the story goes from there rather than what Michael has been doing the past 30 years. In H4 he spent ten years in a coma, in H8 he spent time living under the Myers house eating rats- this is more realistic and imo creepier

          • CurseofZodLovesMaude

            DUDE, he grew his eyes back after having them shot out in II.

      • I honestly don’t care about the plot as long as it’s not 3D for the love of God.

        • wehoaks

          Sounds like it’ll be 3D free. Also I enjoyed It Follows tremendously. That dude is trying to get a response. Ignored.

    • Leebo

      There was actually talk of doing this some years back, I actually believe they considered it with Jason too at one point.

    • CurseofZodLovesMaude

      He’s killed some people, didn’t you hear?

  • I was hoping the director of It Follows would be doing it…

    • REC03

      that would have been beyond perfect.

      • It’s all I could think about while watching that one. Granted, there were many things I DIDN’T like about the film, there were some undeniable creepy moments that would’ve been perfect for Michael Meyers.

        • Leebo

          Indeed – all the while through watching it, even until “that” ending that many don’t seem to like, I was thinking “this is like a Carpenter movie from the 80s – hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had shot in under a pseudonym”.

  • Murilo Carlos

    Please, more clasic and less rob zombie

    Having Rob Zombie aside in this Halloween version, it is an improvement.

    I Particularly don’t approved the last of his films. I thought disastrous. with Rob Zombie aside this recording, I’ll be quiet.

  • jtb

    comingsoon.net has announced that this film will follow the events of Halloween 2 (1981) and feature the child of a Myers victim and the sheriff deputy from the 2nd film as protagonists. So this film will ignore all the other films except the first two. Not a bad idea

    • Khy

      I was always fond of the deputy in 2. Nice to see a returning character that isn’t named Laurie, Loomis, or Jamie for once.

    • Evan3

      That seems to be all the rage these days. Just set the new movie after the last one people liked. Jurassic World spins off of Jurassic Park. Fury Road after Road Warrior.

      • Rainn Summerz

        Mad Max: Fury Road is not in the same ‘series’ as any of the previous movies.

        • CurseofZodLovesMaude

          Yes it is… it’s set after RW and before TD since there is a 15 year gap.

  • Evan3

    It can’t get any worse… can it?

    • Leebo

      After Zombies H2 – NO.

      Although I will admit, in fairness, I did enjoy his first Halloween movie.

  • Krug09

    The Collector is underrated… I am not exactly upset about the news. i just hope they don’t make the movie too gross. I said gross not gore. gore is ok but i dont want to see michael cut off some guys nuts like hostel.

  • lostboy408

    Cool… Just as long as it’s not some bullshit pandering teen fest.

  • polock91

    1) Half of the people in this comment section don’t know what it actually means to direct a movie. I’m not going to argue that you should or shouldn’t like RZ’s Halloween flicks, but, in complete fairness, when working on his own material, Zombie can make great pictures. If you REALLY believe Rob Zombie can’t make a good movie, either you haven’t seen Devil’s Rejects, or you’re just being a fuck face (or you have a differing opinion and I’m just being a fuck face, whichever you prefer.)

    2) While the man is TERRIBLE with dialogue, I can actually respect what he did with his Halloween movies, for the most part. It was a nice contrast. Comparing Carpenter’s classic to his remake, each movie offers a different origin of evil: nurture vs nature. In the original, Myers is just plain evil. No explanation, nothing to go on other than his actions and Loomis’ words. Evil is his nature. In the remake, Zombie depicts the other possibility: his upbringing.

    3) As far as going back to basics with this new installment, isn’t Michael Myers supposed to be hunting his own family? I thought that was part of the whole Halloween mythos? You can argue the it wasn’t established that Laurie was Myers’ sister until the 2nd movie, but this is taking place after the second. I do, however, like the idea of Myers being loose in a prison. It gives him a lot of options, when it comes to victims with no way out.

    All of this nonsense aside, I’m still gonna go see it. I’m a fanatic of the Halloween series, and I loved both the Collector films (the first WAY more than the second.) Even if their Saw entries weren’t all that great, I doubt anything Dunstan and Melton put out could be anywhere near as bad as Resurrection, Curse, or Revenge.

    • ShitAndrisSays

      Oh shut the fuck up with your “You’ve never directed a movie so you can’t be critical” bullshit, people are allowed to express their opinions whether they’ve directed a film or not. Not only that, your claim that Rob Zombie can direct a good film after citing that garbage exploitation film of his as proof just further cements the fact that *you* shouldn’t be talking about what a good movie is, Zombie is a shitty director and I’m GLAD he’s finally done with Halloween.

      • polock91

        My point was not to say that if you haven’t directed a movie, you can’t be critical. What I said was, “Half of the people in this comment section don’t know what it actually means to direct a movie.” Nowhere in that sentence did I say you weren’t allowed to be critical. You’re more than welcome to be critical of a director, regardless of whether you’ve made your own movie or not. However, you should be, at least MILDLY, informed as to what it means to DIRECT. Every single person who has shit-talked his Halloween movies have mostly been critical of the writing; which is fair, he’s not the best writer. The problem I have with that is not that they are opinionated, it’s that they’re calling him out as a director, not a writer. Again, I won’t argue whether you should or should not like the writing of his movies. That would be ridiculous. But don’t shit-talk his direction when your issue is with his writing.

        Side note: I agree. I’m glad he’s done with Halloween as well. It means he can get back to his own material. I’m beyond stoked for 31. Sorry.

      • SugarShane333

        I actually like everything Zombie has done aside from his Halloween movies and that cartoon. House and Rejects are all time favorites of mine, and 31 is gonna be amazing. Rob was garbage with Michael though.

    • CurseofZodLovesMaude

      Anyone with eyes can see when Zombie was taken a shit… two of the worst horror films belong to him. Pointless and stupid…. unwatchable.

  • this news made my entire year. the Halloween franchise is my all time favorite and i have been waiting impatiently for years for this news. i’m glad something is finally happening, and even happier that Rob Zombie is far away from this. The Devil’s Rejects was good but all his others have been a mess.

  • alliedcola

    Hmm… this is good… I think?

  • JJ

    You guys are unbelievable! These two better than Rob Zombie?! Keep on dreaming! You are killing me, that’s the funniest, most ridiculous thing I’ve EVER read…

    • wehoaks

      Zombie fans man. Always so damn loud.

    • RidleyScottIsADirector@gmail.c

      If Marcus and Patrick were in a deep sleep and you grabbed their wrists and tapped their hands against a keyboard they’d still come up with a better screenplay than either of Zombie’s 90 pages of snotty handkerchiefs.

    • CurseofZodLovesMaude

      Zombie is a fucking hack and created two of the worst horror films ever made. Not only bad and stupid, but forgettable and pointless…. terrible.

  • Frank Bautista

    I’ll give ’em a chance, I guess. But the seem like a less “offensive” version of Zombie. Same focus on very stylistic MTV-music video shots and unlikable characters. The only difference is they aren’t as foul-mouthed, lewd, and “white trashy” as Zombie’s troupe.

  • Alan

    The thing about this is I am kinda disappointed because I was drawn into the original story line I loved the story as it moved from Laurie to Jamie and the sad thing is they never went anywhere with the child Jamie had when they jumped to H20 it was back to Laurie and her son Josh and again nothing ever came of it other then Laurie got killed in that shitty movie that followed nothing was ever spoken of Josh or Jamie’s baby . I would have really liked to see where that could have went. I know a lot of people where not a fan of Curse but I grew up with the 4 Myers films and I wanted to see where that story went and if it had a closing. I guess I will never know.

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    • I feel your pain, it’s mine too. Back in time authors just let the story flows where it goes, not making shitty reimagines, remakes, reboots (only a few one), alternate freakin versions. They always added some new to the original franchise and building up the whole canon. Shame!

  • CurseofZodLovesMaude

    Geez… here we go again… at least it sounds reasonably original… Is it connected to H20 line or the Curse line?

  • kenneth Tanner

    THANK YOU ! It’s about time, Oh my god I’d thought this movie would never come out. Please don’t let this be no bullshit and film the movie already for god sakes I’m not getting any younger.

  • DareDevil

    Think Dunstan can pull it off Michaels Lives 🙂 bring back the Shape oh yeah!!