In 2016 Halloween series producer Malek Akkad’s company Trancas International Films was reported to be developing a television series based on the slasher films, and now Akkad said it is still in the works.
According to Akkad, the TV series has actually been in development for much longer than the early reports.
“You know, it’s something that we’ve had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done,” Akkad said. “When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don’t want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let’s keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me.”
Coy in what form a series based on the films would take, Akkad confirmed that it wouldn’t drastically deviate from the films’ narrative and certainly involve Michael Myers.
“The one we were developing and that I still feel very strongly about, he’s involved in it,” he said. “That’s really all I can say about it now. It wouldn’t look anything like your traditional Halloween movie, but he’s in there as are a lot of other characters but used in different and interesting ways.”
The release of the latest Halloween film is weeks away and Akkad’s main focus right now, though he will not forget about the TV series.
“Just getting across the finish line for this one, that’s the goal right now,” he said. “We’ve got the wind at our back, everything looks good. Before we start talking about anything else, it’s all about the movie.”
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