Michael Myers fans have been a patient bunch over the past few years. 2007 saw a Rob Zombie-helmed Halloween remake, which didn’t bring much to the table in terms of developing the aforementioned serial killer, and 2009′s Halloween II was even worse. Then, Halloween 3D was set for 2010 and saw a delay to 2012 before being dropped from The Weinstein Company’s schedule altogether. Recently, we heard that the project was still kicking, though a news nugget two days ago from Schmoes Know has apparently turned out to be nothing more than a false rumor.
That scoop site reported that the next movie in the franchise would be called Halloween: The Next Chapter and serve as “a fresh new take” on the Michael Myers character. It also alleged that a script was set to be turned in next fall. However, producer Malek Akkad recently told Shock Till You Drop that Schmoes Know’s scoop “is not accurate,” and then this statement surfaced as a caption to a picture of Myers’ iconic mask on the Halloweenmovies Facebook page:
“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!”
There you have it. Though a fresh take may have actually been nice (especially if it had meant that Zombie was done with the franchise), at least Halloween is still alive in some form. We’ll keep you posted as more on the future of this franchise emerges.