Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Muary To Helm Halloween 2?
It looks like Dimension Films is starting to cannibalize it's horror remakes in delicious, ironic fashion. We've known for some time that a cover of the disturbing 1987 classic, Hellraiser, was in the works, and that the French duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Muary - two directors that have some solid genre clout, most notably from their work on French horror film Inside - had recently walked from the project. Now we learn, after someone whispered to STYD, that the promising directing duo is actually helming another horror reboot for Dimension, Halloween 2. So, in essence, I guess that means Michael Myers is officially stabbing Pinhead in the gut and leaving him crying on the floor.
I'm glad that Bustillo and Muary are going to make their American debut, but I have mixed emotions on the shake-ups of these projects over at Dimension. I thought Rob Zombie's "re-imagining" of Halloween back in 2007 was a pretty solid effort, but I have to admit, I was looking forward to seeing Clive Barker's demonic sadomasochist back on screen. Sadly, Pinhead has little hope for relevance today with the current writers (Saw IV and Saw V's Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton) and a yet unannounced director.
With Zombie's take bringing in a respectable $80 million worldwide, perhaps the Weinstein's decided to hedge their bets and get the pair onto a project with a chance of greater success. Hellraiser doesn't exactly hold the same mass appeal as the Halloween series. This definitely sounds promising for the Halloween franchise, not only financially speaking, but also in terms genre credibility (which is hard to come by when you're revisiting a classic). If you haven't seen Inside yet, get it in your Netflix queue stat! And I suppose I should ask - is another Halloween sequel really necessary?