The news that John Carpenter is returning to the ‘Halloween‘ franchise as an Executive Producer hasn’t even cooled as we’ve learned that Mike Flanagan (‘Oculus‘,’Hush’) is in talks to direct the next iteration of Michael Myers. While Flanagan isn’t the first director I would have picked to tackle Myers’ return, I do think he could do a good job at it. Carpenter has long been against the direction that the series went after he departed and wants to be on board with how things go in the new film.
In fact, Carpenter teased a hint at where the movie would be going when saying that:
“We’re probably going to go back to the original traditions that we started with early on. It’s kind of gone astray a little bit. I thought maybe the remakes went off somewhere that I didn’t want ‘em to go. Michael Myers is not a character. He is a force of nature. He is not a person. He is part supernatural, part human. He’s like the wind. He’s an evil wind. When you start straying away from that and you get into explaining, you’re lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in that direction.”
With Flanagan in the running, it makes sense from Blumhouse’s usual preferred method of making low budget horror films. That is pretty much what Flanagan has been doing for the studio since he hit the scene. As we usually see Flanagan be a little more character driven and with Carpenter stating he’d like to see Myers be “a force of nature” it’ll be interesting to see what this means for the character.
Are you looking forward to a new take on ‘Halloween’ with Carpenter having a say in how it is put together? Do you think that Mike Flanagan would be a good choice to direct the film? If not, what director would you like to see helm it? Share your thoughts below!
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