Party on, Haddonfield, Illinois: It’s going to be a little longer before Michael Myers returns home. Earlier today, producer Malek Akkad told the fine folks over at Daily Dead that the franchise’s forthcoming sequel/reboot Halloween Returns is experiencing some minor behind-the-scenes hiccups.
“We had been working with a bunch of writers where we got close, but then we brought in Marcus [Dunstan] and Patrick [Melton] and worked closely with them,” he explains. “We found that we all were very much on the same level of what we wanted to do, in spite of the fact that the studio wasn’t necessarily in agreement. I just felt like I really had partners who would also fight the good fight and fight for the ideas, and fight for the things that we wanted to make sure we got right. And I just think they’re fantastic and super-talented.
“Although, I have to say, and this is somewhat new news—but unfortunately things happen in Hollywood where you have issues with studios and different variables—we’ve had to take a step back and now we’re trying to refigure this beast that is the new Halloween. So there is a bit of a delay with this sequel now. But I do think it is a good thing for the franchise. It’s only going to be resulting in a better film, which I hope the fans appreciate. But this new Halloween isn’t going to be quite what has been announced and what people are expecting, so we’re making some changes there as well.”
Back in September, Dunstan, who remains slated to direct and write the film, was quite candid about his intentions with the sequel, championing Gillian Jacobs for a lead role and even citing The Dark Knight as inspiration. The juiciest quote was his A+ assessment that: “Michael Myers is subtlety and suspense.”
He has the right idea, which is why it’s a little concerning when Akkad says the “new Halloween isn’t going to be quite what has been announced” and that they’re “making some changes there.” If there’s anything to cut it’s that ridiculous death row premise, because seeing Myers in the chair like some masked John Coffey screams Bad Idea Jeans.
In the meantime, Halloween fans can catch an exclusive one-night-only screening of the original 1978 classic next Thursday, October 29th, featuring a brand new introduction by director John Carpenter. Check here for listings.