Things aren’t looking good for a third go-around with the reimagined Halloween series. Rob Zombie kicked off the reboot with 2007’s less-than-inspiring Halloween, followed by the direct sequel Halloween II in 2009. The first film made nearly $80 million at the box office, so Halloween II was all but guaranteed given the seres’ low production cost. The second film wasn’t the big hit that the first one was, but still made a profitable $39 million. Shortly after the release of Halloween II, The Weinstein Company announced plans for a Rob Zombie-less Halloween 3D. A 2010 release was planned with My Bloody Valentine 3D director Patrick Lussier in tow, but production was ultimately delayed forcing Lussier to drop out.
The Weinstein Company got trigger happy last June and announced 2012 release dates for Halloween 3D and Scary Movie 5 despite having no script, director, actors, etc. for either film. The latter was recently pushed back, and now the October 2012 release date for Halloween 3D has been replaced with a “TBA” over at Box Office Mojo. If I had to guess, I’d say we won’t be seeing Halloween 3D anytime soon. If anything, the company might go for yet another reboot of the series, but given the tepid reaction to Halloween II I can’t imagine they’re dead set on continuing the story Zombie started.
The Weinstein Company has announced release dates for seven upcoming films including Halloween 3D (you know you want another entry in that franchise…right?), Scary Movie 5 (insert previous parenthetical here), Coriolanus, The Iron Lady, The Artist, The Bully Project, and Michelle Williams and Emma Watson’s Marilyn Monroe biopic, My Week with Marilyn. Here is a bulleted breakdown of the dates in chronological order:
- My Week with Marilyn – 11/4/11 – Stars Michelle Williams and Emma Watson
- The Bully Project – 11/11/11 – A documentary from director Lee Hirsch
- The Artist - 11/23/11 – Stars Malcolm McDowell and John Goodman
- Coriolanus – 12/2/11 – Stars Ralph Fiennes (who is also directing) and Gerard Butler
- The Iron Lady – 12/16/11 – Stars Meryl Streep
- Scary Movie 5 - 4/20/12
- Halloween 3D - 10/26/12
In addition to these dates, Relativity has also pushed back its horror pic House at the End of the Street, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue, from February 3rd, 2012 to April 20th of the same year. Hit the jump to see which films these projects may be going up against assuming they keep their most recent release times (which is certainly no guarantee).
It would seem the Weinstein Company is growing antsy in the wake of an under-performing opening weekend for “Halloween II,” Rob Zombie’s latest entry to the rebooted franchise. IMDb reports the slasher has come in with $17.4M thus far, putting it well behind “The Final Destination” and “Inglourious Basterds,” which is in its second weekend. Apparently, this figure is enough to merit a sequel, but not with horror powerhouse Rob Zombie at the helm. More details after the jump.