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Here’s Who We’re Told is in Talks to Direct ‘Halloween’ (Exclusive)


Update: Is Adam Wingard also in talks to direct Halloween?

The people of Haddonfield should start preparing for the return of Michael Myers.

Halloween is aiming to slash into theaters by 2017, and all we know is that Blumhouse, Miramax, and Trancas International Films are partnering on the revival.

John Carpenter, who directed the seminal 1978 slasher classic, is acting as executive producer, and will score the film to help deliver an authentic/classic sound.

This leaves one major gap to fill: who is directing?

Bloody Disgusting, who broke the news on the franchise’s departure from TWC/Dimension, has been told from various sources that Blumhouse is in talks with Mike Flanagan to write and direct.

Flanagan is the obvious (and excellent) choice, being that he just released the phenomenal slasher Hush, in which a deaf writer (Kate Siegel) must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.) appears at her window. He also teamed with Blumhouse to release his indie Oculus, and also helmed Ouija 2 for Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes.

We have been able to confirm that Flanagan is in talks at the moment. Watch for updates as they come in.

We have yet to confirm this news, but have begun reaching out for comment, and will update accordingly.

What do you guys think? I know a lot of you loved Hush, rightfully so.

SXSW Hush Review



  • Wes Draven

    Hush was far from excellent in my book, but neither it nor Oculus was horrible. I at least think he’s capable of a decent Halloween.

  • Kori Batchelor

    The good news keeps-a-coming! I enjoyed Occulus and Hush (not so much Absentia) so I feel, if it ends up being true, this movie’s in good hands. And King Carpenter is returning?!?!? My God! To think that we may be gifted with a potentially good Halloween movie after all these years…man, it’s exciting!
    *fingers crossed*

    • Alphonse

      Mike Flanagan would completely rejuvenate this series and make Carpenter proud by creating something genuinely scary. I’m stoked about him potentially spearheading this!

  • Max X kinght

    they should get Todd & pat to make it

  • Wesley Skelly

    Halloween came out in 1978 not 79

  • Ryan

    Jeremy Saulnier

    • DavidisALLright

      as of right now he doesn’t want to work on big IPs.

  • Mike Flanagan is a good choice, I loved Hush!

  • rezblue

    All of those projects he’s been involved with were mediocre. Hush would have felt right at home on the Lifetime Network. It did nothing new or original. Oculus was pretty bland too. Not impressed. Don’t know why anybody else would be.

    • scott

      Because, while those movies were bland and not impressive, with a story and a character like Michael Myers, this movie won’t be. He can film beautiful movies and suspense really well, two things a Halloween absolutely needs.

  • ALearnedDoctor

    Boy oh boy do I hope this is true.

    Hush was fantastic and you can easily draw a parallel between it and Halloween.

    It’s funny because over the past couple weeks I’ve re-watched Halloween, The Thing, Alien and Predator along with Hush a few weeks ago and keep thinking how all these movies are kept simple on the surface yet are layered fantastically.

    I love a great horror mythology as much as anyone but sometimes keeping it simple can bring the best results.

    I really hope that’s the mold they use for the new Halloween.
    Bad guy kills. Stop him/her/it. Or you die.

  • pablitonizer

    This choice sounds interesting to me! I loved Hush, Oculus was pretty enjoyable, I truly liked Before I wake and I’m waiting for Ouija’s sequel to see if he made it better than the first one. Also he’s attached to direct one of my favs book by mr Stephen King “Gerald’s game” so I think he could bring the best of the dark side of Michael!

  • Jacob

    I would’ve preferred someone like Adam Wingard.

  • Fistacuffs

    Ti West, anybody?

  • James

    If this happens I’ll be so happy I may actually die…

  • diapers

    Hush was pretty good. You know who also directed a good recent slasher was the dude who did Kristy.

  • Overton Green

    why doesn’t Carpenter direct it? I mean that seems like the obvious choice???

    • jasonlives1986

      Are you aware that Carpenter is legally blind at this point.

      • Overton Green

        No, I did not know that.

      • Grandpa Fred

        Source please. I find nothing to confirm this.

        • jasonlives1986

          He disclosed it in a interview on why he hasn’t directed anything over the last few years. His father suffered the same disease.

          Apparently he had surgery and it’s better now but he said it was a combo of the eyes and that no one ask him to direct movies anymore on why he hasn’t.

        • jasonlives1986
  • PMD2

    Hush is awful. A dull and derivative waste of 80 minutes. My excitement just plummeted.

  • Ah-mazing. Hush was very simple but highly effective and suspensful. That is precisely what a new Halloween needs – suspense. The news just keeps getting better.

    • Overton Green

      I see Hush get a ton of praise but I thought it was underwhelming. I didn’t think it was that good at all. The movie was extremely repetitive.

      • I can see knocking it from a story stand point…there isn’t a lot going on there. The focus of the film was suspense and for me it worked exceptionally well. It reminded me of classic genre fare like Wait Until Dark. It’s the type of film I would like to see more of.

  • No way, get the guy that did the Cabin Fever remake! Horror-j-shizzle or whatever his name was. But seriously, oddly enough I told my wife during Hush that the suspense was on par with Halloween. But, if you’re going to get a guy who swiped the Carpenter playbook so flawlessly, why not get Carpenter himself?

  • Wolfcop

    I like this pick a lot! I’ve liked most of his movies so far. I’d like to see them try to get Ti West of this doesn’t work out though.

  • Khy

    I loved Mike Flanagan even before Hush. Loved Absentia and Oculus! Hush is the cherry on top. Mike would be wonderful. If things don’t work with him then I also suggest.
    Bryan Bertino (The Strangers)
    Oliver Blackburn (Kristy)
    Ti West
    Frank Khalfoun (P2, Maniac)
    Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest)
    David Robert Mitchel (It Follows)
    So many great directors out there that would give their left arm to do this movie.

    • scott

      I really like Bryan Bertino and David Robert Mitchel if Mike doesn’t work out.

  • jasonlives1986

    I knew who it was before I read the article.

    Honestly. I don’t believe it

  • tastychainsaw

    He’s Perfectttt for the job! I’m really happy that JC is doing the score too

  • Jack Derwent

    I’m impressed at how far he’s come. I remember seeing Absentia way back when.

  • scott


  • DJV1985

    No for me hush was pants filled with something brown. Seriously, people actually liked that film? It’s like the Babadook was sold to me as this great horror film that was dark and disturbing, I watched it ready to be scared and then spent the entire run of the film asking my dog “Seriously, this is scary to some people?”.

    Still I’m hoping the new Halloween film will be kick arse. We sure do need it.

    • Maxime C

      Yeah those movies with over-hype are non sense to me. I get the whole It Follows thing( even thoug I did not enjoy it as much as I thought ) but with The Babadook and Housebound, I felt totally cheated !!

      • DJV1985

        Agreed. I would demand my money back but I never watch cinema films anymore because it’s like I’m being mugged for two hours (other than Cap America Civil War. I thought that was worth it). It Follows was alright but nothing special, it was another one of those films that were branded about as original etc. but it just felt like an 80s slasher film without a real killer. Maybe at 30 I’m just becoming a little picky.

        • Maxime C

          I actually liked the ambiance. Just hated the lack of scare!

      • macguffin54

        I like Housebound a lot, though not sure what that movie has to do with anything. Babadook sucked, Hush could have been a lot better, but was decent enough (compared to most horror recently).

        • Maxime C

          I evoked Housebound due do the mention of overhype.

    • Halloween_Vic

      I said the same thing!!! I hope they do not bring him on board. HUSH fucking sucked and don’t understand the hype behind it. Oculus also sucked, I hope they do not decide on him to direct the next Halloween. I’m sorry I just don’t see it, his movies are bland in my opinion. And he fucked up Hush which had potential to be a decent film but NO NO NO he needs to stay away from Halloween.

    • Blk Mgc Maverick

      I realized long ago most of the people exclaiming The Babadook was the scariest movie they’ve seen in a long time barely dabble in the horror genre so I don’t hold anything against that film anymore. It’s horror for casuals.

      • DJV1985

        That’s actually a good point.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Ugh. Poor cover photo choice, BD! Let’s get some more 1978 up in here.

    • Overton Green

      that is one of my favorite shots from the original. I feel like that shot is the beginning of what makes that movie so amazing, and so memorable. That last 20 minutes is just pure intensity.

    • How much better looking is that mask … Carpenter and his DOP lit their film so well (rather toned down lighting). The sequels mask was too clean and white.

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        That H4 mask especially. I’ve always hated it. It just looks so generic and un-everything. H4, the movie, isn’t so bad. Good vintage 80’s slasher flick and a strong sequel in the series. But, Michael Myers looks like a fan in a bad costume. It’s like they took a Don Post ’85 and just spray painted the hair black.

  • CapedBaldy

    Alexandre Bustillo would be better. Among the Living is the best Slasher since.. the last best slasher.. Inside. haha. Hush was ok.

    • Nick Greeley

      That would be pretty interesting, since he was originally set to direct H2 (2009)! lol

  • Michael Voorhees

    Great choice

  • REC03

    looks like i might get my wish after all!

  • Halloween_Vic

    NO NO NO!!!! OMG NO PLEASEEE!!!! So far with John returning and Blumhouse partnering up for the rights to Halloween has been amazing news. But I don’t like Flanagan’s work to be honest. HUSH fucking sucked after the first 20 minutes, Oculus sucked and was boring. The first Ouija was wack and now he directed the sequel?? And this is who they want to bring on board for the KING of all slashers??? No man please. I’m sorry his movies aren’t that great and HUSH is way overrated and honestly was not that good. Please Stay away from the next Halloween.

    • Michael Voorhees

      Calm down,John is involved creatively,it’s fine

      • Grandpa Fred

        LIVER SPOTS, WILL I ???

      • Halloween_Vic

        I’m calm I’m excited John is back, I just hope Flanagan is not attached.

    • AriesSiren

      People should stay away from you

      • Halloween_Vic

        And you should go shave you’re back. 🙂

        • Creepshow

          You stole that line from another comment here. And it’s “your back”. You’re forgiven.

          • Halloween_Vic

            I actually stole it from Mean Girls, and that comment that you previously saw probably from me. Was their a point you were trying to prove? Or do you get paid for doing spell checks? You’re life seems interesting I must say.

    • nottellersannhet

      My thoughts exactly.

      • Halloween_Vic


    • Overton Green

      Agree with you 100%

      • Halloween_Vic

        Thanks man 🙂

    • Creepshow

      Michael Myers is by no means “the KING of all slashers.” No other slasher films, had to replace their “KING”…. with Silver Shamrock masks.

      • Halloween_Vic

        And you can think that. Michael Myers is the KING of all slashers and that’s a fact.

    • TC

      Agreed all his movies are let downs

  • Halloween_Vic

    Simply HELL NO!!!!!

    • gabriel

      The score may be the best part of the film at this point

  • EvilHead1981

    That would actually be pretty cool, IMO. Might just up the suspense and creep factor that made the original Halloween so great.

  • Grandpa Fred

    Awesome, thank you.

  • Christian

    I’d love Jeremy Saulnier to give it a go. He’s great at tense. Blue Ruin and Green Room are both amazing.

  • SwinkTheGoatslayer

    Personally, I’m more interested in the idea of Adam Wingard directing it.

  • Kirby4Ever

    Haven’t seen Hush yet (heard very good things though), but I’m just excited that there is ACTUAL news about a new movie regardless. Although I’m still cautious. We’ve had smoke blown up our asses for years now about a new Friday the 13th, too…

  • I Am Colossus

    Goddamnit Occulus sucked and Oujia was dumb as fuck too. This is depressing news.

    • gabriel

      Great music in Oculus though

  • Blk Mgc Maverick

    I really don’t understand the love for Hush, personally. The killer was lame as all hell to me and the cat and mouse game bored me to tears. “You’re Next”, on the other hand, is a favorite of mine so I hope Wingard gets it.

    • Overton Green

      Yeah I am with you. Not sure what’s up with the love for “Hush”. Movie was boring and the killer was atrocious. Extremely underwhelming movie.

  • K-Dogg

    Hush was far from Phenomenal. The killer in that movie was a fucktard.

  • James F. Reilly

    Rob Zombie would be an interesting choice.

    *runs and hides behind a bush*.

    • K-Dogg

      i actually laughed out loud !!

    • gabriel


  • DarkBree

    Mike is a good choice. Hush was great and he understands how suspense works!!

  • Xman

    plz not da guy from hush dat movie was fucking awful

    • Evan3

      As awful as your word usage and spelling?

  • Not exactly an inspired choice in my humble opinion, but maybe he will rise to the occasion. I thought ‘Oculus’ was a decent psychological horror film, but I think ‘Hush’ is a bit overrated. It was watchable, but not spectacular by any stretch of the imagination. I liked the scene where the killer stabbed the guy in the neck, that was cool at least. Well, we shall see what happens. I have to think that Carpenter will be there to right the ship if it gets off course, so I will remain cautiously optimistic… 🙂

  • aNYagenda

    Never heard of Hush, I’ll have to check that out.

  • Evan3

    Screw Hush – how about Oculus! Fantastic film. In any event, I’d take Wingard any day, but Flanagan has at least shown the ability to make gold even with some less than reputable studios.

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