The last “Halloween” movie audiences got was 2009’s “Halloween II” directed by Rob Zombie, and ever since, while there has been a lot of talk about rebooting the franchise, not much has happened. Directors have been attached, start dates promised, but not much in the way of actual action, and it seems the franchise is going back to the drawing board.
Bloody Disgusting reports that Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company, have lost the rights to the “Halloween” franchise. It’s not clear if they let the rights lapse or just let them go, but the latter scenario seems to make the most sense. Over the fall, it was reported that the studio was restructuring, and planning to acquire and release less films, focus on TV, and develop movies from the ground up. And I’d wager that “Halloween,” profitable as it is, perhaps doesn’t fit into their game plan at the moment.
Miramax is apparently now shopping the rights around town, and hoping to find a new distributor to take it on. Given how iconic the brand is, it’s likely to find a home and eventually a new “Halloween” movie, TV series, or, God forbid, movie universe, will be upon us. But for now, Michael Myers won’t be scaring anyone.