The Shape is coming back home. But when?
Easily the biggest piece of horror news this year was the reveal that Blumhouse is partnering with John Carpenter on a full-on reboot of the Halloween franchise, which we initially learned back in May. Last we heard, the plan was that Carpenter would executive produce the film and possibly even provide the score, and needless to say, Carpenter’s involvement in bringing Michael Myers back to life was enough to immediately make this the most hotly-anticipated horror movie in many years. After all, Carpenter hasn’t been directly involved in the series since the early ’80s.
The most recent update came courtesy of Jason Blum, who let us know back in October that an approach hadn’t yet been decided on, nor had a writer/director. “We haven’t landed on a group, and as a result we haven’t landed on an idea,” said Blum, noting that he was working with a handful of different creative teams in an effort to come up with the best way to reboot the series.
What’s the latest? Speaking with Dark Universe, John Carpenter himself just let it be known that the project doesn’t seem to be any further along than it was back in October:
I’ve known Jason [Blum] for a while, he came to me and said ‘How do you feel about this now that rights have diverted?’ and I said, ‘Sure, why not? I’ll give it a shot and I’ll also try to support the director.’ We don’t have a script yet, so I can’t tell you what it’s about, but I guarantee you it’s about Halloween night and it’s about a masked killer.
Carpenter seems confident that they’re going to get this one right:
I found myself bitching all these years about them making another one, so with this one I thought, well, maybe I can get in and help and make something I’m proud of instead of sitting at home grumbling.
Recently, Carpenter promised to help make the new Halloween the scariest one yet.