More Details on the Sequel to Rob Zombie's Halloween
At the timely 30 Years of Terror Convention this past weekend, producer Malek Akkad dropped a few new details about the upcoming sequel to Rob Zombie's re-imagining of Halloween according to Dread Central. Most importantly, Akkad says that the project will, in fact, be a direct sequel to Zombie's film and that they're hoping to start pre-production in January of next year. Seven foot-tall Tyler Mane is set to reprise his role as the creeping, killing machine, Michael Myers, while negotiations are ongoing with other cast members from the first film. And while it seemed French filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Muary were locked as directors back in June, Akkad states that their terms aren't 100% just yet.
For someone who enjoyed Zombie's take on the classic Halloween tale, this news is welcome, but not exactly exciting just yet. I'm glad to see the project moving along, but I'm still nervous about the French pair's domestic debut. High Tension is one of my favorite horror films, however, so I'm certainly not averse to a European flavor - I'm just partial to Zombie. But is there anything to be said about the news that Bustillo and Muary aren't officially signed as directors yet? Remember, they were once lined up to helm the long-in-purgatory Hellraiser remake, but came off of that project in favor of this one. And while most claimed that a sequel seemed ridiculous since Myers was pointedly shot in the end of Zombie's film, let's remember that a good deal of the story followed the 1978 original, and look how many sequels followed that.
If you're a fan, you know that the sequel to the original Halloween pretty much picks up where the first leaves off. Dr. Loomis continues his search for Myers, while Laurie Strode (originally played by Jamie Lee Curtis) is hurried away to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. Myers eventually finds his way to the hospital, and… well, you know how it goes from there. How many are excited to see Myers back again?