Halloween Returns will start shooting July without Rob Zombie


The Halloween franchise rides again with Halloween Returns, which starts shooting in July. Halloween Returns, incidentally, is almost as silly a title as Halloween Rides Again but not as good as Halloween: Tokyo Drift or Halloween: Money Never Sleeps.

The new Halloween movie won’t have Rob Zombie on board, however. Zombie rebooted the Halloween series in 2007 and then buried the reboot franchise with a poorly received sequel in 2009. Marcus Dunstan is now at the helm as director with co-writer Patrick Melton. The duo’s previous credits include the final four Saw movies.

The plot for Halloween Returns goes a little something like this:

The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter. Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.

No word on the involvement of penguins wearing rockets.

It’s not clear if Halloween Returns is a direct sequel to the Zombie films or a reboot of the series. It’s been considered a “recalibration,” whatever that means. (Halloween Recalibration is a better title than Halloween Returns.) We’ll find out eventually.

[via /Film]

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