Dimension Films and Trancas International Films are starting production on “Halloween Returns,” the 11th film in the Michael Myers franchise, in July.
Marcus Dunstan is directing from a script he wrote with Patrick Melton. The duo teamed on the scripts for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh “Saw” movies.
John Carpenter originated the franchise in 1978, directing and co-writing with producer Debra Hill and creating the Michael Myers villain as an escaped mental patient. Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis starred in Curtis’ film debut as the heroine Laurie Strode.
The most recent films in the franchise were directed by Rob Zombie — 2007’s “Halloween” and 2009’s “Halloween II.”
“Halloween Returns” is produced by Malek Akkad with Matthew Stein as executive producer. The logline is currently being kept under wraps.
“Michael Myers has taken a long break from the bigscreen, and we know fans are eager to see him return,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chair of the Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “We are excited to be back in business with Trancas and look forward to bringing one of the scariest installments of this classic franchise to audiences worldwide.”
Dunstan and Melton are repped by Paradigm, Underground’s Trevor Engelson and attorney Dave Feldman.