Halloween Returns Director Talks Return of Michael Myers

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We learned this year that Michael Myers will slash his way back to the big screen in Halloween Returns, a new franchise installment that will take place after the events of the original Halloween 2. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are writing, with Dunstan directing, and today some beans have been spilled.

In a two-part YouTube interview (below), transcribed and brought to our attention by the website Halloween Daily News, Dunstan provided some insight into the film he and Melton are hoping to bring to the screen, and we think you’re going to be quite pleased with their vision.

Michael Myers is subtlety and suspense,” Dunstan said in the interview, indicating that he hopes to bring Myers back to his terrifying roots. He also noted that the iconic mask will remain true to John Carpenter’s original film, and his plan is that the first tease of the mask will set horror hearts aflutter.

I think one of the first key images has got to be that carefully set up Instagram photo of the mask in profile with that border edge lighting, so you know right away what the intent is,” said Dunstan. “If it looks anything at all disparaging to anybody, then we’ve failed. Our goal is really to have that Han and Chewie moment.”

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Dunstan revealed that production on the upcoming sequel is well underway, and several potential Michael Myers’ have taken part in motion tests. His plan is that the film will stand on its own two feet, and he even divulged some potential casting information.

I really like this actress Gillian Jacobs,” the director opened up. “She’s known for all this comedy on Community, and yet I didn’t know her from Community first, I knew her from a movie called Gardens of the Night, which is one of the most wrenching dramas, and she’s excellent. I thought, ‘I wonder if this great performer would do that again, would like to go there,’ and I think so.”

As for the title of the sequel, Dunstan says it has multiple meanings.

I like that [title], and it works, it does function as what it means to say. If you commit a violent act, sometimes you get returns. What are the repercussions of being a violent entity? In that case, Halloween Returns could mean a number of things.”

Listen to the full interview below.

Halloween Returns will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters up against Myers. The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop who’s long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter.

Myers is now on Death Row, and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.

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