John Carpenter helped make the slasher genre what it is today with 1978’s “Halloween,” a horror benchmark that still stands as one of the best movies of its kind ever made. Now, after decades without any direct involvement in the series, Carpenter will executive produce the 11th installment alongside Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Productions will co-finance the film along with Miramax.
Not involved, it seems, is Rob Zombie, who helmed both the 2007 remake and its 2009 sequel. “Thirty-eight years after the original ‘Halloween,'” said Carpenter, “I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.” Blum was no less enthusiastic, adding that “‘Halloween’ is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have ￼￼￼a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together.”
The partnership represents a fusion of the old and the new, as Blumhouse has produced the likes of “Insidious” and the upcoming “The Purge: Election Year.” Carpenter, meanwhile, is responsible for a number of horror and sci-fi classics: “The Thing,” “They Live,” “Escape from New York” and others.
For some vintage Carpenter, watch the “They Live” trailer:
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