Friday, October 11, 2013
John Carpenter & Debra Hill Depart The Halloween Franchise
Surprisingly, John Carpenter was not against doing Halloween 4. Following their release of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (a very underrated horror-comedy), Canon Films wanted to resurrect another figure of horror's past, Michael Myers. Jason Voorhees was big business and Freddy Krueger was on the rise. The slasher genre was experiencing its second wind. Canon approached John Carpenter to write and direct the film. Carpenter and production partner Debra Hill still were involved in II & III, just from producer standpoints (and in Carpenter's case serving as composer). They also shared rights (and much less of them) with the financier of the original, Moustapha Akkad.