MICHAEL BAY TO TAKE OVER 'HALLOWEEN 3D'???
According to Bloody Disgusting, Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay's production company, has entered into negotiations to produce the latest entry in the Halloween reboot series. However, while Dunes' interest in Halloween could keep the series going, it does mean major changes could be in store. From the sound of it, this deal could mean 'Halloween 3D' will lose its proposed found footage approach, attached directing duo Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier, as well as the use of 3D. Of course, as this is the third film in the series, the changes Bay and his team could bring to the table will probably be less radical than what they are currently doing to the 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' franchise. The first two films had a conservative budget that only helped its box office results, so its expected that the next Halloween will be no different. Shedding the costliness of 3D appears to be the first piece in Dunes' cost-cutting equation. Let us know your thoughts on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lairofhorror. ENJOY!!!
'HALLOWEEN 3D' REMOVED FROM 2013 RELEASE LIST
Things arenít looking good for 'Halloween 3-D' at this point, as the Weinsteins and Dimension Films have removed it from their 2013 release list, pushing it back to October 2014 at the earliest. Last June, the Weinstein Company got trigger happy and announced 2012 release dates for 'Halloween 3D' as well as 'Scary Movie 5', despite having no script, director, actors, etc. for either film. Now the next installment has been put on the backburner again, replaced with a ďTBAĒ over at Box Office Mojo. Looks like we may not be seeing Michael Myers again anytime soon. What do you think? Let us know on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lairofhorror. ENJOY!!!
PATRICK LUSSIER AND TODD FARMER UPDATE 'HALLOWEEN 3-D'
In the latest drama surrounding the production of 'Halloween 3-D', director Patrick Lussier and screenwriter Todd Farmer provide updates on the status.
LUSSIER: "The film that we wrote took place, like, the next frame after Rob's 'Halloween II' ended and immediately went into stripping Michael Myers back to his John Carpenter roots. That's what we did very quickly. And then you pick up the story a year later as Halloween rolls around again. Everybody's back in the fray. That was our goal. The concept is to complete Robís journey and then very quickly take it back to the root of what Carpenter created in 1978 and of how fun it was to see that movie when you were a kid. The thing about Michael in Carpenter's movie is that he doesn't make sense, and he is clearly from a family which was perfectly normal, and he is a 'blank,' which makes him far scarier. With Zombieís Halloween, it was, 'I'm not surprised that guy's turned out to be a serial killer.' With Carpenter, it was, 'How did that guy turn into a serial killer?' If he did, anyone can, which is really scary."
FARMER: "I love the script we wrote. We wrote something that respected what Rob did, but we wanted to take it back to more of a John Carpenter feel, and we love it. But right now Bob (Weinstein) wants to concentrate on others things. The idea was to start it where Rob had left off and open the journey then to more of 'The Shape' and the mysterious and the prick that Michael Myers is known to be. I donít know whatís gonna happen with Halloween. We still talk to the Weinsteinís and the executives there often; pretty up in the air. Back in í09 we wrote Halloween 3D, and we wrote it to be shot before Drive Angry. And it was decided that it was just impossible to do that financially...Iíd love to see it happen. I donít mind if it does with somebody else; just whoever does itÖ you know, itís Halloween! Itís one of those movies that made me who I am.Ē
LUSSIER, FARMER OFF 'HALLOWEEN 3-D'
Several media sites are reporting that the Weinstein Company is commissioning new, original scripts for 'Halloween 3-D'. Could they be going in a new direction? Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) had been signed on to direct, with Todd Farmer scripting, but now apparently those plans are on hold.
The film had been pushed back to a summer 2011 release to accommodate Lussier, who is currently finishing his latest film titled, "Drive Angry", starring Nicolas Cage. What does this mean for the future of the revived 'Halloween' franchise? It means we will still see Michael, we will just have to wait a little bit longer than we originally thought.
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SCOUT TAYLOR-COMPTON CLEARS UP 'HALLOWEEN 3' RUMORS
Appearing recently at the Monster-Mania Convention, Scout Taylor-Compton spoke on rumors of her involvement in the potential 'Halloween 3D'. She did confirm that she was asked to reprise her role as Laurie Strode even before a script was in development, and that Rob Zombie is definitely not involved this time. She immediately rejected the idea.
After initially rejecting the idea, she's recently softened on coming back, replying to several people at conventions simply with a wink. She said everyone will know how the film will be, based on whether or not she accepts the revised script.
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'HALLOWEEN 3-D' PLANNED FOR 2014
According to an L.A. Times article, the Weinstein Company is planning on continuing the Halloween franchise next summer, with 'Halloween III' in 3-D! Read the snippet of Bob Weinstein's remarks below, and get ready for more Myers (minus Rob Zombie) in 2014!
From the L.A. Times:
The investment it takes to shoot movies in digital 3-D has proved particularly lucrative for horror films. For "The Final Destination," this weekend's No. 1 movie, theaters with at least one 3-D screen earned 3.25 times as much as those that showed the movie in 2-D only, according to distributor Warner Bros. That's substantially higher than for other recent releases. The equivalent 3-D multiple for last month's "G-Force," for instance, was only 1.7 on its first weekend. For July's "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" it was 1.4 andm for June's "Up" it was 2.2. January horror flick "My Bloody Valentine" earned 6.4 times as much from 3-D theaters as it did from 2-D on its opening weekend.
Weinstein said Rob Zombie, who directed "Halloween II" and 2007's reboot of the 31-year-old horror series, won't return for "Halloween 3-D." He said the studio is in negotiations with a new director, whom he declined to name, who has experience in horror and has a "different take" on the franchise."
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