It was just a matter of weeks ago that we received a tip that the Halloween franchise wasn’t planning to stay off our screens for long. We got word that a TV series was “on the table” as Miramax and Malek Akkad plotted their next move before Michael Myers faded to far from the public’s mind.
Now, word has officially broken that not only do both parties intend to make more Halloween content, they’ve started a bidding war amongst the cream of Hollywood studios for the distribution rights.
Yes, that’s right, Halloween is one of the hottest properties in Hollywood at this very moment, following Blumhouse and Universal’s requel trilogy grossing almost $500 million at the worldwide box-office.
As of this writing, “most” major studios in Hollywood have a stake in the race for more Halloween content. We can assume that both Universal and Blumhouse Productions are out, as both parties expressed an interest to move on following 2022s Halloween Ends.
Akkad and Miramax are currently weighing up offers that will allow them to pursue film and television projects, perhaps at the same time. This tracks with what we were told some time ago, with Akkad eager to explore Halloween on the small screen.
To that end, the most recent update in this extraordinary turn of events is that A24, the studio behind 2018s Hereditary and 2022’s X, are leading the offers with a reported television deal. There is no word at present if feature films will be included, or if they will search elsewhere to provide big-screen offerings. Unconfirmed reports suggest Paramount Pictures are also pursuing Halloween, perhaps the perfect home for more big screen productions?
So, where will the series go from here? Would Michael Myers suit the small-screen? Or will we finally get that long yearned-for follow-up to Halloween III: Season of the Witch? Nothing is set in stone right now, and anything is possible with a new studio in the mix. However, one thing is for certain, Halloween is coming back, much sooner than anyone thought.
We’ll watch this one closely and report any further developments.