John Carpenter to work on new ‘Halloween’ film for first time in 35 years

It's the first time he’s worked on the horror series since 1981

Halloween director John Carpenter is to be executive producer on a new film in the franchise – the first time he’s worked on the horror series since 1981.

The new movie will be a reboot of the saga, with Black Swan executive producer David Thwaites overseeing the film with Carpenter.

Carpenter directed and co-wrote the original Halloween film in 1978 and co-produced Halloween II but has since had no involvement in the subsequent eight films of the franchise.

Carpenter said of the news: “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all.” Studio bosses Miramax vowed to find a director “to fast track the project”.

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The original Halloween introduced masked slasher Michael Myers, played by Nick Castle, with veteran horror actor Donald Pleasence as Myers’ arch enemy Dr Loomis. The first eight Halloween films were a continuing saga, though Myers didn’t appear in Halloween III: Season Of The Witch.

Following 2002’s eighth film Halloween: Resurrection, there have been remakes of the original two Halloween films, which were directed by heavy metal singer Rob Zombie.

As well as Halloween, Carpenter has directed Assault On Precinct 13, Big Trouble In Little China and The Thing. Following his most recent film The Ward in 2010, Carpenter has mainly focused on music, releasing albums ‘Lost Themes’ and ‘Lost Themes II’.