Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have set a production start for next month on Halloween Returns, the next installation of the latest Halloween reboots that included 2007’s Halloween and 2009’s Halloween II, both helmed by Rob Zombie and both from Dimension’s The Weinstein Company (the former an MGM co-production). Zombie is not officially a part of this one, something he said after Halloween II bowed in August 2009 and made $33.4M domestically (the first one grossed $58.3M). Instead, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who wrote on several of the Saw films, penned the script, and Dunstan will direct. No plot has been unearthed yet.
Malek Akkad is set to produce with Matthew Stein as executive producer of the film, based on the 1978 John Carpenter original. Dimension Films’ Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are overseeing.
“The legacy of Halloween is something that Trancas is very proud of, and I look forward to working together again with Bob and Dimension to continue that tradition,” said Akkad.
Dunstan and Melton are repped by Paradigm, Underground and attorney Dave Feldman.