Producer Malek Akkad still very interested in Halloween TV series
David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel/remake hits theaters in three weeks, possibly kick-starting a brand new franchise, but that hasn’t stopped producer Malek Akkad from developing the long-in-the-works TV series.
“You know, it’s something that we’ve had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done,” Akkad told Bloody Disgusting. “When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don’t want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let’s keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me.”
The producer didn’t reveal any specific plot details the show would follow, except to say Michael Myers would return, but teased that it “wouldn’t look anything like your traditional Halloween movie” and that there “are a lot of other characters but used in different and interesting ways.”
Even so, Akkad was keen to focus on the upcoming movie.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Curtis is joined in the film by Judy Greer who plays Karen Strode, the daughter of Curtis’ character, and Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black, Underground) who plays Allyson, the granddaughter of Laurie Strode.
The upcoming sequel film will be ignoring the continuity of all of the sequels in favor of telling its own story. Curtis previously appeared in four films in the series, including the 1978 original, its 1981 sequel, 1998’s Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, and Resurrection.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film. Green also directs.
The film will hit the theaters on October 19.