Although we're having to wait until next October for Halloween Kills, we have been promised a few treats over the next few days from those involved. One came yesterday in the form of a new teaser released at the virtual Blumhouse event BlumFest 2020 (you can check that out below).
And the other being news of John Carpenter & Debra Hill's 1978 classic being adapted into a children's style book titled 'The Legend of Halloween'. The new illustrated story is co-written by David Gordon Green, the filmmaker behind the smash hit 2018 sequel Halloween (as well as Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends), and children's author Onur Tukel who also illustrated the book. Malek Akkad and Ryan Freimann, producer and executive producer of the 2018 Halloween film and forthcoming sequels, are overseeing the production of said book.
"Michael Myers has been a naughty little boy. On Halloween night, he took a knife and did some very bad things. Luckily, he was caught and locked away in Smith's Grove Sanitarium. Dr. Loomis was determined to keep him institutionalized for the rest of his life. Dr. Loomis knew what was behind Michael's vacant stare... it was evil...purely and simply evil. Years later, Michael escapes and makes his way back to Haddonfield -the night HE came home - for some more mischief and mayhem. What is it about Halloween that drives this young man to kill? We might never know."
Through eerie rhymes and quirky illustrations emulating the unsettling nature of the classic horror journey, Green and Tukel craft a reimagined telling of the beloved source material for longtime fans and newcomers to the franchise.
“Joining this iconic franchise has been one of the most fulfilling artistic endeavours of my career. With this new chapter, we hope to share our own love for Halloween with a new generation of horror fanatics.” - David Gordon Green
The Legend of Halloween follows Michael Myers, a little boy who, after doing terrible things grows up in an institution. Now grown, Michael escapes for a night of mischief and terror back in his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. From artists and authors David Gordon Green and Onur Tukel comes an imaginative illustrated retelling of the 1978 horror-film classic, originally written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.
The book is expected to release mid-November and shipping from early December, although Amazon states January 2021.
"I saw the original Halloween when I was about nine years old and it scared the wits out of me. I’ve seen it about fifty times since then and it continues to be my favourite horror film. The mask, the music, the indelible characters, the monologues of pure evil – to me it’s cinematic perfection. Collaborating with David on a children’s book adaptation of Halloween has been demented and surreal, kind of like being simultaneously possessed by Dr.Seuss, Shel Silverstein and the demon Pazuza.” - Onur Tukel
“The Legend of Halloween is a fun take on what has now become one of the most iconic films in cinematic history, John Carpenter’s Halloween. The fans of these films have always been the driving force of the franchise, and I hope that they will appreciate this new book as much I do. It is fun for all generations of Halloween fans, young and old.” - Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films
You can check out the first look at the book courtesy of Entertainment Weekly below.