It seems appropriate that just a few weeks before October’s most prominent holiday, the television rights to the Halloween horror franchise have been scooped up by Miramax Television, amid rumors that Malek Akkad‘s Trancas International Films had been looking for a buyer for the franchise following Universal Pictures‘ theatrical trilogy, directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Blumhouse and Trancas.
Reportedly, the acquisition followed a heated bidding war with others (A24 and Blumhouse, included) as Miramax signed a deal with Trancas to develop and co-produce a new television series based on the franchise that began back in 1978 with the original Halloween co-written and directed by John Carpenter. That led to seven sequels over the next 24 years, followed by two reboots directed by Rob Zombie for Dimension Films (once part of Miramax), and most recently, with Green’s own trilogy. The latter proved to be the most profitable and successful films in the series with nearly $500 million grossed worldwide between the three films.
This new Halloween television series could potentially launch a new cinematic universe that spans both film and television with Miramax’s Head of Global TV Marc Helwig overseeing this franchise along with Akkad.
Helwig stated, “We couldn’t be more excited to bring Halloween to television. We are thrilled to expand our long and successful partnership with Trancas and the brilliant Malek Akkad in introducing this iconic franchise to a new form of storytelling and a new generation of fans.”
“Trancas International Films is extremely enthused to be expanding our long-standing relationship with Miramax, and we look forward to working with Marc Helwig and the entire team in creating this new chapter,” Akkad added.
This is the third series for Miramax Television since Helwig took it over three years ago, including Guy Ritchie‘s The Gentlemen for Netflix, Issa Rae‘s rebooted Project Greenlight for Max, and The Turkish Detective at Paramount.
This story was originally broken and reported on by Deadline.