HALLOWEEN TV Series Will Ignore Recent Trilogy & Return To Carpenter’s Original For Full “Creative Reset”

We thought Halloween Ends would be the last we’d see of Michael Myers (at least for the foreseeable future), but you just can’t keep a good masked maniac down.

The news broke last October that the iconic slasher franchise was to be resurrected for the small screen, with Miramax securing the rights after a bidding war. The project was “envisioned to potentially launch a cinematic universe spanning film and television,” and we now have some updates which may not sit well with fans of David Gordon Green’s recent trilogy or those hoping that this show would be more of anthology akin to the original concept for Halloween 3: Season of The Witch.

According to Marc Helwig, Miramax Head Of Worldwide Television (via Deadline), the Halloween TV series will serve as a “creative reset,” which will go back to John Carpenter’s original classic and focus on characters introduced in that movie and, from the sounds of things, its direct sequels.

“We’re on a fast track, it’s a big priority for us. 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,” Helwig said, adding, “We’re hoping to lock down the creative team very soon.”

“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,” Helwig continued. “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.”

So, it sounds like the plan is to recast the likes of Myers, Laurie Strode, Doctor Loomis, and… The Shape’s knife-fodder? To be fair, Halloween 4 did introduce a fan-favorite character in Laurie’s niece (Danielle Harris), so focusing on a new take on Jamie Lloyd could certainly be interesting – or better yet, have Harris reprise the role.

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After 45 years, the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a final confrontation unlike any captured on-screen before. Only one of them will survive.

Icon Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the last time as Laurie Strode, horror’s first ‘final girl’ and the role that launched Curtis’ career. Curtis has portrayed Laurie for more than four decades now, one of the longest actor-character pairings in cinema history. When the franchise relaunched in 2018, Halloween shattered box office records, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing chapter and set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a horror film starring a woman.

“Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all.”