After one heck of a run of great, good, bad and awful sequels and reboots and sequels to reboots, it looks like masked murderer Michael Myers could be stalking you in the comfort of your own home, thanks to the newly proposed Halloween TV series that is reportedly getting pitched around right now.
After it was announced last year that the franchise would be leaving its home at Dimension Films following the collapse of what was meant to be the next instalment Halloween Returns, the debate raged about when and where we would see Michael again.
It is being reported by Fangoria (via Squareeyed) that the producers attached to the Halloween name have been in talks about the jump to the small screen. They say their source states it would be “a limited series event, with the option being restricted to a 3-to-5 season commitment akin to Guillermo del Toro’s TV adaptation of The Strain.”
They continue that “these developments are fairly new in nature, and Trancas International Pictures is still fielding offers from production entities regarding bringing Halloween to the big screen.”
Their insider also indicates the need to keep an old school feel; “However, as budget horror becomes more and more of a rarity in Hollywood, Halloween’s studio search might not have gone as smoothly as planned as Malek Akkad & Trancas still aim to keep up the franchise’s costly, old-school production value; in other words, a micro-budget, day-and-date Halloween film might be off-the-table, which could give way to a Halloween series that could carry that cinematic production value.”
The new series would mean a new start for Michael, removed from the clumsy chronological series that had a habit of forgetting previous instalments on a whim, as well as the no holds barred reboot series that Rob Zombie made a few years ago.
It was 2009 that we last saw a Halloween entry, so it feels like now is the right time to get another one on the go, whether it’s on the big screen or the small (or even a stream; who wouldn’t want to see Michael slash his way through a bunch of teens on Netflix or Amazon Prime?)
UPDATE: Halloween producer Malek Akkad spoke to Dread Central about the TV Series and sadly, it’s not good: “No,” he said, “Utter rumors and falsehoods.”
So that’s probably that, then. Sorry Halloween fans.