It looks like one of our most anticipated slasher movies of 2016 has gotten the ax, as next year’s Halloween Returns has been cancelled.
According to a source via Bloody Disgusting, Dimension Films has lost the rights to the Halloween franchise. This means that Michael Myers is no longer controlled by The Weinstein Company, who has owned the franchise for 20 years.
The movie was originally slated to begin production in Louisiana back in July 2015, but it never got off the ground, leading us to believe it has been delayed. Our latest update on Halloween Returns came in September with director Marcus Dunstan noting that he wanted to cast Community‘s Gillian Jacobs for the lead role, and shortly thereafter, an update from the producer Malek Akkad who said they’ve had to “take a step back.”
Halloween Returns was originally slated to follow the events of Halloween II, and was expected to start a new continuity for the franchise from there (ignoring all of the ill-received sequels and remakes).
But it’s not all doom and gloom for Halloween Returns, as the report also notes that Miramax is shopping the franchise around to find a new distributor. So, will this be the end of Michael Myers? Probably Not. But for now, the next Halloween movie is cancelled for the foreseeable future.
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