Halloween Producers Looking To Do A TV Show


How do you breathe new life into a dormant horror franchise that’s fallen on hard times in recent years? Easy: you put together a sequel that honors the original while also ignoring all other films in the Halloween timeline.

That’s basically the strategy put in place by David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride, who are the creative minds behind the Halloween of 2018. It’s said to be steeped in the rich history of John Carpenter’s iconic film, all the while taking the legacy of Michael Myers in a totally new and fresh direction.

It’s a tricky balancing act no matter which way you spin it, but it seems that the duo have pulled it off, with early reviews being extremely positive. And with the first box office projections looking strong as well, it’s clear that Michael has a bright future ahead of him. But where does he go next?

Well, another big screen sequel is almost a given at this point, but how about a TV show? Yes, it’s been discussed a few times over the last several years but to date, nothing’s materialized. Not for a lack of trying, though, as producer Malek Akkad tells Bloody Disgusting that it’s something they’re looking at very closely.

“You know, it’s something that we’ve had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done, When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don’t want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let’s keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me.”

As for how Michael would factor into the show, Akkad wouldn’t say much, but did confirm that everyone’s favorite serial killer is definitely involved.

“The one we were developing and that I still feel very strongly about, he’s involved in it. That’s really all I can say about it now. It wouldn’t look anything like your traditional Halloween movie, but he’s in there as are a lot of other characters but used in different and interesting ways. I wish I could talk more about it but it’s something we’re looking at very closely.”

Finally, Akkad stressed that for now, the main focus is Green’s film. Once that’s done, then perhaps they’ll look into a TV show a bit more.

“Just getting across the finish line for this one, that’s the goal right now,” Akkad said. “We’ve got the wind at our back, everything looks good. Before we start talking about anything else, it’s all about the movie. [The show] is something that there’s been some discussions.”

While it’s nice to hear that television is still something that the producers behind Halloween are discussing, we imagine it’ll be some time before Michael makes his way to the small screen. As we said above, the upcoming sequel looks to be a hit and should it wind up doing as well as analysts expect it to, the property will probably remain in theaters for the foreseeable future.