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Halloween TV Show is Taking Michael Myers Back to His Roots

Halloween TV Show is Taking Michael Myers Back to His Roots

A new scoop on the upcoming Halloween TV series has risen, hinting at a nostalgic return to the franchise’s spooky beginnings. In an interview with Deadline, Marc Helwig, the head of Miramax Television, delved into details about the forthcoming series.

Helwig explained that “the foundation of it is the original film, the John Carpenter movie, the characters of that film, and perhaps a group of characters that we haven’t really focused on that much in recent film versions or even in a number of them. It’s a creative reset completely and going back to the original film, as opposed to spinning out of any of the more recent film adaptations.”

Miramax Television recently inked a partnership with Trancas in autumn 2023 to collaborate on producing a Halloween series.

Helwig also shared thoughts on the latest Halloween films within the franchise, specifically focusing on the David Gordon Green trilogy. “It’s a big world,” Helwig admitted about the franchise that now spans 13 films. “The most recent trilogy culminating with Halloween Ends provided a fitting conclusion to the story,” he added. “I don’t think [there] is an opportunity to go off the back of that.”

The Michael Myers and Laurie Strode saga seemingly concluded in Halloween Ends, with the killer brutally meeting his demise (…again).

The Halloween TV Show Creates an Opportunity for Major Crossovers Within the Franchise

Miramax and Trancas jointly owning the rights to Halloween opens up a new universe of stories through this show. Malek Akkad, the Producer and CEO of Trancas, has been involved in various Halloween films like Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, Halloween: Resurrection, Halloween (2007), and Halloween II (2009).

However, it could be premature to speculate on the show’s angle. Helwig has indicated that the show’s groundwork is still being laid behind the scenes.

“We’re on a fast track, it’s a big priority for us,” he explained. “We’ve had lots of exciting conversations in recent months with a number of really talented people, and I think we’ll have a pretty good idea of what we’re going to be doing very soon […] We’re hoping to lock down the creative team very soon.”

Halloween isn’t the sole major slasher franchise making its way to television. Following years of rights disputes and the absence of fresh stories, the Friday the 13th franchise is transitioning to television with a prequel series named Crystal Lake. This show aims to delve into the origins of the camp that evolved into the hunting grounds for Jason Voorhees.

Meanwhile, slasher mainstay Chucky has been conjuring Tiny Terror for three seasons already over on the SyFy and USA networks. Who knows, maybe this will to an eventual Avengers-esque crossover for horror characters…