Two years ago, Fangoria reported that Malek Akkad’s Trancas International Films was developing a TV series based on Halloween. We haven’t heard much about it since, so when we interviewed Akkad for the new Halloween movie this week, we also asked if the TV series was still on. Turns out, it was in the works long before Fangoria reported it.
And Akkad still wants to make it happen.
“You know, it’s something that we’ve had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done,” Akkad told us in a phone interview.
“When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don’t want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let’s keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me.”
Akkad was still cryptic about what form a Halloween TV show would take, but did confirm it would certainly involve Michael Myers… naturally.
“The one we were developing and that I still feel very strongly about, he’s involved in it,” Akkad said. “That’s really all I can say about it now. It wouldn’t look anything like your traditional Halloween movie, but he’s in there as are a lot of other characters but used in different and interesting ways.”
“I wish I could talk more about it but it’s something we’re looking at very closely.”
With the release of Halloween 2018 still weeks away, the new movie is Akkad’s focus right now, but he hasn’t forgotten about the show.
“Just getting across the finish line for this one, that’s the goal right now,” Akkad said. “We’ve got the wind at our back, everything looks good. Before we start talking about anything else, it’s all about the movie. [The show] is something that there’s been some discussions.”
We’ll have more with Malek Akkad before Halloween opens on October 19.