John Carpenter will return to the franchise he created and is set to produce a new sequel in the long-running Halloween film series. Speaking about the project, Carpenter revealed his desire to make the new movie the scariest one yet.
"38 years after the original Halloween, I'm going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.
It has been a lost 40 years since Carpenter redefined the slasher genre with Halloween and introduced the world to indestructible killing machine Michael Myers. Carpenter was previously resistant to getting involved in the franchise and back in 2014 stated that he wished he hadn't made any sequels to his iconic creation.
“I wish the only Halloween made was the first one. I felt that there was no more story after the original. But audiences wanted to see Michael Myers return again and again. Or maybe it was producers who wanted him to return again and again for reasons having to do with profit."
John Carpenter and his longtime producing partner Debra Hill bowed out of the franchise after the third entry. Although not directed by Carpenter (he produced and worked on the script), Season of the Witch is the only Halloween sequel not to feature Michael Myers and was meant to relaunch the franchise as an anthology. However, audiences wanted to see Myers hacking his way through an endless supply of photogenic teenagers, so producers brought him back time after time. Hopefully, the events of Rob Zombie's two reboot movies won't be classed as cannon, and we can all pretend they didn't happen.
The new sequel will be produced by Jason Blum (Insidious, The Purge) and is currently without a director; that will change soon as filming is due to start late this year for a Halloween 2017 release.