Dimension Films, Michael Myers, and the Halloween franchise go together like candy corn and apple cider. However, unlike the franchise itself, all good things come to an end.
According to Bloody Disgusting, The Weinstein Company and Miramax are shopping the franchise and looking for new distributors. If you listen closely, you can almost hear Harvey getting all weepy…
“I met the franchise, over 20 years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong,” Weinstein might say nostalgically. “I met this decades-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes … the devil’s eyes. I spent 10 years trying to reach him, and then another 10 trying to keep him rebranded because I realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… cash.”
Or, something to that effect. Regardless, it’s quite a split, and one that comes off the heels of a potential reboot. Earlier this year, there were reports that Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton were trying to recalibrate the series with a retconned sequel that would pick up following 1981’s Halloween II. Plans were shelved this past fall, which may have lead to the alleged sale.
There might be a silver lining out of this, at least for diehard fans hungry for more adventures with The Shape. As Bloody Disgusting points out, the franchise could fall into the hands of Warner Bros./New Line or Paramount Pictures, which would spark a potential shared universe with a number of other ’70s and ’80s horror icons, such as Jason Voorhees or Freddy Krueger. It’s pure speculation, but don’t think the studios would pass up that opportunity.
If this all comes to fruition, Dimension Films had one hell of a run with Michael: 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, 1998’s Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection, 2007’s Halloween, and 2009’s Halloween II. Rest assured, they carved that pumpkin aplenty.
Ah, anyone else wish it were October?