Dimension Films Loses Rights to Halloween Franchise. Dimension Films, the home of Michael Myers and the series chronicling his knife-wielding, murderous exploits, has lost the rights to the Halloween film series, a marque stable of their film roster. Dimension Films is a division of The Weinstein Company. “It was formerly used as Bob Weinstein’s label within Miramax Films, to produce and release genre films. The Weinstein Brothers took this label with them when they departed the Disney-owned Miramax in October 2005 and paired it under their company, The Weinstein Company.”
Apparently, the Weinsteins do not see a resplendent future for the Halloween franchise (they have shepherded the franchise since 1995’s Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers) and instead of re-upping their ownership of Michael Myers and his canon, they have relinquished it to potentially the highest bidder.
An interesting move but not one many Hollywood executives would have made. Michael Myers and Halloween are household names. Properties like that can not be spontaneously generated out of thin air. They take time and care, and most of all, a great beginning film. The Halloween franchise has all of that, though most of its sequels are lackluster and forgettable save for Rob Zombie‘s Halloween and the beginning of H2.
Dimension Films had been working on a new Halloween film entitled Halloween Returns with director Marcus Dunstan, writer Patrick Melto, producer Malek Akkad attached and possibly with actor Gillian Jacobs on-board as the lead. That film is apparently no longer moving forward though Malek Akkad will remain a producer on the next Halloween film. Whether the script or treatment for that film will be used for the next Halloween film or a new one will be formulated is not known at this point. The situation is currently in a state of flux.
What studio do you think will step up to take the reins of Halloween, produce, and distribute the next series of films?
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