New HALLOWEEN Movie is on Track and It’s Not Called HALLOWEEN: THE NEXT CHAPTER

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The plan to make another Halloween movie has been around for quite some time now.  Remember when Halloween 3D was set for a 2010 release, then got bumped to 2012 and then it was removed from The Weinstein Company’s schedule entirely?  Well, apparently that isn’t stopping Dimension Films and producer Malek Akkad from trying to make it happen again.

It was just reported that a script for the next installment, Halloween: The Next Chapter, will be turned in in the fall of 2015 and that it won’t be a direct sequel to the Rob Zombie films.  However, then Akkad chimed in to refute those claims.  Hit the jump to find out how it all played out.

halloween-michael-myersThis all started with Schmoes Know who claimed Akkad and Dimension were running with the title Halloween: The Next Chapter and that the film will offer a “fresh new take on the Halloween legacy.”

Let’s pause it there.  A fresh new take?  After those dreadful Rob Zombie films, that sounds like a brilliant idea!  We certainly don’t need any more of Sheri Moon Zombie on that white horse nor do we really need Scout Taylor-Compton’s Laurie Strode either.  Her performance is fine, but my biggest issue with the Rob Zombie reboot films is that they ditch a good amount of character development in exchange for senseless and extremely brutal killings – and that’s coming from someone who enjoys her fair share of gore.

Schmoes Know didn’t offer up any story details and also didn’t know if Taylor-Compton is in or out, but back in April, when there was talk at Cannes that TWC was finally ready to make this thing happen, Taylor-Compton tweeted this.

Even though the rumored subtitle isn’t accurate, it’s worth considering because The Next Chapter would suggest we’d get a whole new crop of characters, making the folks at Shock Till You Drop wonder, “Could it feature Laurie Strode as the killer?”  Again, I’ve never cared much for Taylor-Compton’s version of the character, but that could be an interesting scenario.

STYD is also the outlet that actually reached out to Akkad when this report surfaced to find out whether or not this whole Halloween: The Next Chapter thing is the real deal or not.  Akkad told them that it’s not and then this popped up on the Halloween Facebook page as well:

“We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails/tweets/Facebook messages lately about a project called Halloween: The Next Chapter. It seems that’s the latest buzz surrounding the next Halloween film and again it’s just not true. As we stated before, a new installment of Halloween is indeed in on track and moving forward and we are currently developing a script, to finally bring Michael back to the theaters!

More information will be released over the coming months and exclusively at Halloweenmovies.com. So make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, so you can know first!”

Well, I guess that’s that.  It’s not that the title Halloween: The Next Chapter was a total game changer, but it did suggest that the new narrative would veer away from the Rob Zombie storyline, which is something I’ve been hoping for for seven years now.  Fingers crossed that’s still the plan no matter what title they choose, but, on the bright side, at least we now know the project’s on track.  Then again, we’ve been under that impression before and look what happened.

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  • Mr. F

    It should be called Halloween: Are People Still Watching These?

    • HeyGuy246

      No……No, it shouldn’t.

  • TheTruth

    Just because you didn’t like the direction of Zombie’s films, doesn’t mean they weren’t a fresh take. If there’s one thing you CAN say about the Halloween remake and it’s sequel, was that it was fresh. Try harder to troll.

    • http://www.LittleMissCritical.com/ Perri Nemiroff

      Never said the Zombie films weren’t a fresh take. I actually think that they are. I just didn’t enjoy them half as much as some of the previous films primarily because the stories/character motivations don’t support the violence.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        As a longtime Halloween fan, I’ve never understood people’s hatred of Zombie’s films. To each their own and all that, but I strongly disagree with your base point. The entire structure of RZH2 is a character study of Laurie, Michael and Loomis, especially in the Director’s Cut. You may not like the characters, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t developed or supported.

      • Guy

        I wasn’t a fan of the zombie films. I thought the first one started out with promise but the asylum rape scene pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the film. I like the portrayal of Michael in the original much more because he isn’t developed. The Shape showing up in a well off suburb to shatter the peace. I think delving too much into his origins takes away from the appeal of Michael Myers. All we know is what we find out from Loomis. I found the horror of the unknown is what helped make it the classic it is to this day. The mistake Zombie makes is trying to humanize a monster.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        Well, the rape scene from the DC of RZH1 is definitely controversial. I prefer the theatrical version of the escape scene, myself.

        I’m not saying I like the RZ Halloween films better than Carpenter’s original– JC’s Halloween is untouchable, and my favorite horror film of all time. The first being the best is actually the only thing any Halloween fan can seem to agree about. But the way I see it, your complaints about RZ trying to explain the origins of Michael Myers can be levied at pretty much all of the sequels. Was he just supernatural, like they tried to explain in 2 and 4? Was he some crazy cult’s failed science experiment, like they tried to explain in 5 and 6?

        Pretty much every sequel has attempted to recontextualize his origins; that’s just the nature of this kind of serial franchise storytelling. RZ’s movies being singled out for that is kinda silly.

      • Guy

        I don’t really care for any of those sequels though. They were just trying to cash in on the brand. They never seemed concerned with good storytelling. I give Zombie credit for trying to do something different but it just didn’t work for me personally. Maybe it’s not fair to him but I just can’t help but compare it to the original.

      • Underground Anthem TX

        I definitely can respect that.

      • Jarvis

        The original Halloween is one of the most overrated movies of all time. The original Laurie Strode is one of the weakest characters in horror history. Zombie’s Halloween is far superior and Taylor-Compton’s Laurie doesn’t do as many stupid things. Zombie’s Halloween 2 was disappointing, but his first attempt really hits its mark. I can’t believe so many people actually claim to like John Carpenter’s Halloween. That’s one seriously boring and unimaginative movie.

      • Guy

        You’re hilarious. Without John Carpenters Halloween the horror genre as we know would have suffered. Look at the influence it’s had on so many film makers. I’m sure Rob Zombie must have hated the original too, right? It’s easy to look back 40 years later and be a critical douche about a classic. Hipsters do it all the time. You’re in the minority with your criticism I can assure you.

      • Jarvis

        “Influential” isn’t a synonym for “good”. Yes, it influenced other films, but many of those films surpassed it. Some of the camera work in Carpenter’s Halloween was excellent, and that’s mainly what has proven influential. However, the script was passable at best and Laurie Strode comes off as brainless. I mean, she stabs Myers in the eye with a coat hanger and then sits down right next to him, turns her back and cries when any real person would either run away or take the opportunity to finish him off.

        I’m a lover of horror and definitely not bashing Halloween simply because it’s old (nor am I a hipster). There are plenty of other older horror films that I think are justifiably venerated, like The Exorcist, Suspiria, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and even A Nightmare On Elm Street (though the ending is a little problematic). Carpenter’s Halloween, however, is dull, not very scary and features a protagonist so stupid it’s hard to root for her. That’s the OTHER main way the film was influential: it inspired thousands of other really stupid “final girls” in horror movies that came later. I guess I am supposed to be thankful for that.

        Oh, and I don’t care if I’m in the minority with my opinion, nor are you telling me something I don’t already know in pointing that out. I don’t form my opinions based on majority rule (unlike some of the people who claim to like the first Halloween just because it’s unpopular to say otherwise).

      • Daniel

        If it influenced other filmmakers then it was good enough for them to copy it, otherwise they would have just forgotten about it. That in itself says alot about the quality of the film. Its fine if you think that the script was dull but dismissing the film because Laurie doesn’t do what “real life” people would do is unfair.In that kind of traumatic environment, people don’t normally react in rational ways.

      • Jarvis

        I already acknowledged that the camera work was skillful and that other filmakers were influenced by it. What’s the point in repeating things that have already been said?
        And I know it’s fine if I think the script is dull, but thanks for giving me permission to have my own opinion, that’s really big of you.
        As for how people react in situations like the one the moronic Laurie Strode found her in: you’re simply wrong. In that situation, Laurie would be in the midst of “fight or flight” mode, with adrenaline surging through her. She would either finish Myers off or she would run for help. It’s ludicrous to believe she would turn her back to him and sit down within his reach to sob without even checking to see if he was dead first.

      • lord jim

        I was eight years old when I saw Halloween for the first time (it scared the shit out of me back then, I was even afraid to touch the video cassette afterwards ;)), and I have seen it endless times since then, and like all of Carpenter´s best movies it just never ever gets boring.When Carpenter is great he is an absolute master in creating mood, and Halloween is one of his finest works.

      • randy

        you have got to be under 23 yrs old.

      • Jarvis

        I have to be under 23 because I have a different opinion than you? Actually, you should switch those numbers. I’m 32 and I’ve probably seen Carpenter’s Halloween more times than you have. Anyone who says that movie is entertaining or scary has a really low bar for entertainment and is scared by their own shadow.

      • Jarvis

        BTW, when someone says a film is “overrated”, that means they ALREADY KNOW a lot of people, or even most, disagree with them. So pointing out that I’m “in the minority” or that the film was “influential” is utterly pointless. If I didn’t already know the film was well-loved by many and had been influential, I wouldn’t have called it “overrated”, I would have just called it “bad”. Not every movie that is celebrated deserves to be. I’m sure every single person who is implying that I must be some young and clueless hipster just for expressing my honest opinion has a movie that THEY feel is overrated which most other people think is good.

      • Guy

        Settle down man. I apologize for calling you a hipster douche. But Halloween is still a great movie. Dumb people in horror movies is what makes them fun. But I do love your psychological profile on what a teenage girl should do after she stops a serial killer. The world is full of dumb people who make dumb decisions all the time. So although you find it super unrealistic I find it highly plausible. You think the original is terrible and I think the remake is terrible. That’s opinion. The difference is one influenced the entire genre and the other is almost already forgotten. Reflect.

      • Jarvis

        You’re the one who got all fired up just cos someone said they don’t like Halloween, so maybe you should settle down. It’s YOUR opinion that Halloween is a great movie. It’s MY opinion that it’s boring and mediocre. You acknowledge that it just comes down to opinion but still claim your opinion to be truth.

        I also disagree that dumb people make horror movies fun, I much prefer characters that I don’t WANT to see die, or will actually feel some sense of loss if they die. Otherwise, the movie can’t be scary.

        One final thing: I didn’t put forth any psychological profile of anyone, I put forth a basic fact of biology. ALL HUMANS get surges of adrenaline when in life or death situations. This provokes the “fight or flight” response. It does not provoke a “fight, flight or just say screw it and sit down and cry even though you could easily get away” response. It was simply a stupid think for the character to do, which there was no good motivation for. It’s a major flaw in the movie, no getting around it.

      • Guy

        I got all fired up? Right…take a look back at all your long winded rants trying to defend yourself. You keep focusing on that one scene and talking about realism. How does that major flaw impact the rest of the movie? It doesn’t. You know I was the same way with A Nightmare On Elm Street. A guy can’t go into your dreams and kill you! It’s so fake! It’s called suspension of disbelief. You should try it sometime it makes fictional movies amazing. Halloweens on all the definitive horror lists and has a 94% critic score. I’m not saying your opinion is wrong, I’m saying it sucks.

      • Jarvis

        It’s hilarious how anything more than a parapgraph is considered “long winded” now. I talk how I talk and I’m not changing it just because the internet has given everyone ADD and they can’t pay attention to anything longer than 140 characters. Sorry for not dumbing my comments down enough for you. Oh, by the way, suspension of disbelief doesn’t make up for every flaw in every movie, otherwise every review from every critic for every movie would be positive. A Nightmare on Elm Street had a completely different premise which never included the same amount of realism.
        And I AM saying your opinion is wrong.

      • Jarvis

        You’re the one who got all fired up just cos someone said they don’t like Halloween, so maybe you should settle down. It’s YOUR opinion that Halloween is a great movie. It’s MY opinion that it’s boring and mediocre. You acknowledge that it just comes down to opinion but still claim your opinion to be truth.

        I also disagree that dumb people make horror movies fun, I much prefer characters that I don’t WANT to see die, or will actually feel some sense of loss if they die. Otherwise, the movie can’t be scary.

        One final thing: I didn’t put forth any psychological profile of anyone, I put forth a basic fact of biology. ALL HUMANS get surges of adrenaline when in life or death situations. This provokes the “fight or flight” response. It does not provoke a “fight, flight or just say screw it and sit down and cry even though you could easily get away” response. It was simply a stupid think for the character to do, which there was no good motivation for. It’s a major flaw in the movie, no getting around it.

      • holijay

        I really appreciate your thoughts Jarvis. I agree, Halloween is not an amazing movie, but it is very fun, and surprisingly rewatchable. I would probably give it a 6/10.

        Halloween does a great job with mood, rather than emotion. It’s attention to the environment, low-key scares, the preparations for a holiday, and awesome musical score are ingredients that create a unique horror experience.

        The characters are shells that allow for some viewers to fill, and feel emotionally connected. I like you, don’t seem to enjoy this, and rather have characters I can be challenged by.

        There are so many better horror films, but Halloween is something I find myself popping in around October every few years because it has a unique style, (over voice) that very few have come close to capturing.

        Anyways, thought that was worth saying.

      • lord jim

        So you watch movies you don´t even find entertaining many times?Wow, that is crazy.What the hell are you coming back for????Halloween is a masterpiece of mood and tension by the way, and it seems that somewhere in your subconscious you understand that.Either that, or you are just a crazy person.

      • Jarvis

        Halloween is my favorite holiday and I have movie marathons with friends every year. I have a couple friends who always want to watch it, so I bite my tongue and sit through it again. It never gets any less boring.

        It seems you subconsciously realize Halloween is overrated and that you only ever said it was good to fit in. Otherwise you wouldn’t get so upset that you call people “crazy” and act like a bully if they don’t agree with you. It’s personal taste. I’m not required to like your favorite stupid movie. If you can’t express opinions without calling people crazy, you might be projecting. Or you might just be a douchebag.

      • Agatha Ragged

        No, I think a douchebag is someone who’d make a snide, broad-brush claim like “anyone who says that movie is entertaining or scary has a really low bar for entertainment and is scared by their own shadow”. (^_~)

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Problem is that Zombie’s films all contain white trash protagonist. How can you really care or root for a character that acts disgusting and is constantly annoying (god the new Laurie screaming had me rooting for Michael to kill her so that I didn’t have to listen to her anymore). Zombie had some clever ideas and his films had their tense moments but he could have made his Halloween films so much better had he made the protagonist (the characters we are suppose to identify ourselves w in most cases) as normal people who don’t dress and act in a wierd/gross ways.

    This is my favoriate horror series that could have been updated in a better way IMO. Hope they hire a real visionary director to take over the franchise and bring new life into it.

    • Underground Anthem TX

      I would disagree that Laurie from RZH1 is a “white trash protagonist”. She seemed like a normal, small town, suburban high school girl, to me.

      The Halloween series is my favorite horror franchise as well, and fans can say they hate the RZ films all they like, but frankly there is no lower point in this series than seeing Busta Rhymes karate kick Michael Myers. To each their own, but the franchise was dead, and in my eyes RZ pumped some life back into it.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Zombies first film had some good moments but overall a disappointment w his characterization, especially w Michael Myers family. What made him so evil in the original was unexplained other than he was just evil.

  • T_Toughnuts

    I loved the first Zombie Halloween movie. The sequel had the problem most of his work had (too scattered, like a white trash demonic Terrance Malick), but the first Halloween was fresh and fun.

  • gar216

    I actually liked the Reboot. The sequel was kind of rough to watch. Zombie intentionally changes his characters into polar opposites for his sequels and it didn’t work for Halloween 2.

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  • appolox

    A simple indie film that breaks new ground and terrifies audiences AND become in my opinion the greatest horror film of all time…… gets raped into a never ending franchise that destroys everything that made the original great. It’s things like this that make me hate people.

  • Napoleon Dynamite

    These need to go back to how they were in the H1-H6. The real Michael Myers. The boogeyman.

    H20-HR were too soft.

    RZH-RZH2 were just utter garbage.

    • randy

      you couldnt be more right man. h1-h6 was the real michael myers. thats how i remember it. all this new stuff if just utter garbage. they’ll never make it as good as it was.

  • Stephen Nesmith

    How about Halloween III: Season of the Witch? What if THATS the new direction they want to go in?

  • No Future

    I’d like to see a completely new universe for this movie. The Zombie
    films were interesting but not the the right feel for this story (never
    seen a sheriff with a pony tail). Let’s return to a suspense driven
    story that delivers good writing and directing. I’d really like to see
    characters (victims) of depth and virtue that I can relate to. Also ease
    back on the profanity and drug use. I want to empathize with Michael’s
    victims, not cheer when they get chopped! What’s scary about that?
    Additionally, I think it’s a good idea to leave many of the questions
    surrounding Michael unanswered. Zombie took all of the mystery away and
    replaced it with brutality. He gave us trailer park Halloween where the
    victims were more frightening than Michael Myers. Finally, to punctuate
    the modern retelling of the original story, I’d remove the title
    “Halloween” and call it “The Devil’s Eyes”.

  • No Future

    I would call it “The Devil’s eyes”. First, please do away with the Rob Zombie universe. It was an interesting take on this story but that whole white trash, dirty, sheriff with a pony tail universe is a bad fit for this franchise. Since Lori S, Michaels victims have mostly been foul mouthed drug using a$$ H0!es. I cheer when these jerks get chopped! I’d much rather relate and empathize with characters of depth and virtue. Moreover, Halloween was at it’s best when suspense was it’s main driver. Dial back the shock, profanity and blood and give us a story of substance and true horror…

  • No Future

    I would call it “The Devil’s eyes”. First, please do away with the Rob Zombie universe. It was an interesting take on this story but that whole white trash, dirty, sheriff with a pony tail universe is a bad fit for this franchise. Since Lori S, Michaels victims have mostly been foul mouthed drug using a$$ H0!es. I cheer when these jerks get chopped! I’d much rather relate and empathize with characters of depth and virtue. Moreover, Halloween was at it’s best when suspense was it’s main driver. Dial back the shock, profanity and blood and give us a story of substance and true horror…

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