The Halloween TV Series rights have been scooped up by Miramax, with plans to have Michael Myers expand to a full-fledged Cinematic Universe. According to Deadline, Miramax struck a comprehensive deal with Trancas International Films for a TV series, related international projects, and a potential interconnected TV and film universe. No writers or showrunners have been attached, yet.
Miramax, in collaboration with Trancas and Blumhouse Productions, produced David Gordon Green’s 2018-22 Halloween trilogy. In a previous era, Miramax’s Dimension Films was responsible for five of the movies in the 13-film franchise. John Carpenter’s original 1978 installment became a hallmark of horror. All but one chapter of the franchise focuses on Michael Myers, who was sent to a sanitarium as a child for killing his sister. However, he escaped 15 years later, targeting the people of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence) are the main characters trying to stop him.
The original film inspired several sequels during the 80s and 90s. The 2000s saw director Rob Zombie reboot the series with two installments. However, the franchise went without another film for nearly a decade after Zombie’s 2009’s Halloween II.
Why the Time is Right for a ‘Halloween’ TV Series
However, in 2018, a new trilogy for Halloween was launched with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her role as Laurie Strode. This time she is a prepper and survivalist, who patiently awaits Michael Myers’ pursuit. The second installment, Halloween Kills, dropped in 2021, followed by the third and final film, Halloween Ends, in October 2022. Reportedly, Curtis plans to never return to the franchise.
In the age of streaming, with audiences becoming more spread out, there is a growing emphasis on well-known titles. Launching a new franchise has become increasingly challenging. That’s why the availability of IPs like a Halloween TV series is so rare. Of course, this is particularly true following the highly successful revival of the movie.
Miramax recently acquired Halloween TV series, aligning with its strategy of developing projects based on owned intellectual property. Jointly owned by BeIN Media and Paramount Global, Miramax has other TV series in the works, including adaptations of Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen and the 2000 Oscar nominee Chocolat. This move showcases their commitment to creating content from recognizable IPs.
A Halloween TV series kicking off a larger universe could be interesting. The filmmakers could draft elements from the renegade sequel, Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Miramax could even acquire the rights of horror titans like Jason Vorhees and Freddy Kreugar, creating a modern monster mash.
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