This past fall we learned of an interesting potential future for both the Scream and Hellraiser franchises. Sitting down with Miramax CEO Bill Block, I asked if there was a possibility of the two legendary horror brands returning in similar fashion to the new Halloween, and the executive responded in the affirmative – confirming that they are “part of the new program.” We haven’t heard any real updates about the developments since then, but apparently it’s something that Blumhouse Productions is game to get in on.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to speak with Jason Blum for the first time since the release of Halloween, and given the success of his first collaboration with Bill Block I specifically inquired about his interest in new chapters for both Screamand Hellraiser. Blum confirmed that there have been some talks about those particular franchises, and while nothing is currently in active development, it is a road that he is interested in traveling:
And after Halloween, why not? Michael Myers’ franchise was in a rather bruised and battered state before director David Gordon Green’s canon-altering sequel, and the 2018 movie was hailed as a wonderful revitalization and was a monster box office hit for Blumhouse, Universal Pictures, and Miramax. The film was made with only a $10 million budget, and by the time it was done playing in theaters worldwide it raked in $253.7 million.
Admittedly bringing back classic horror franchises didn’t exactly work as a stellar strategy when Platinum Dunes produced a string of them between 2003 and 2010 (including Marcus Nispel’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Andrew Douglas’ The Amityville Horror, and Samuel Bayer’s A Nightmare on Elm Street), but it’s also important to note that we are A) now living in a different filmmaking era, and B) not talking about simple remakes.