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We learned last week that Michael Myers will soon return to the big screen in the form of Halloween Returns, set to be a direct sequel to 1981’s Halloween 2. In other words, Rob Zombie’s films are being erased from the history books, and the franchise is returning to its original continuity.

Written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by Dunstan (The Collector, The Collection), the next installment in the series is set to begin filming this summer in Louisiana. And we even have a specific date. According to Backstage, the cameras will roll on July 15th.

Halloween Returns

According to the site’s production information for the film, Halloween Returns is being described as “a re-boot of the original horror series, taking place after the original movie.” We know that former Haddonfield deputy Gary Hunt will be a main character in the movie, which makes it a sequel to Halloween 2.

Halloween Returns will pit a new group of Haddonfield youngsters up against Michael 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.

Casting is underway, and we should have a lot more information very soon.