It looks like Halloween is coming to television. It’s been confirmed that the iconic horror film franchise is officially moving to the small screen for a brand-new Halloween TV series. Interestingly, however, this is only the first step in creating a new cinematic universe that could also include new movies under the co-ownership of Miramax and Trancas.
As revealed via Deadline, “Miramax has scored the television rights to the hugely popular Halloween franchise” following “a heated bidding war.” Now this grants them the rights from Trancas International Films, which is operated by Malek Akkad.
The details for the deal are described as follows:
“Miramax Television has signed a wide-ranging deal with Trancas to develop and co-produce a Halloween TV series, which also includes a first-look agreement on other television projects for the international marketplace.”
Furthermore, the new television show “is envisioned to potentially launch a cinematic universe spanning film and television. Miramax’s Head of Global TV Marc Helwig will be overseeing the franchise creatively in close collaboration with Akkad.”
Helwig expressed that the deal is intended to begin with “a new form of storytelling” that will draw in “a new generation of fans” to the franchise first started by director John Carpenter:
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Halloween to television,” Helwig said. “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.”
This now means that Miramax and Trancas both co-own the film rights and the television rights. As such, they can begin mapping out a cinematic universe on both fronts without any issues.
“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 said.
Hopefully we’ll have more details soon. The series previously concluded with Halloween Ends, the final installment in David Gordon Green‘s trilogy of sequels to the original Halloween. Of course, with so many timelines and iterations available, there is an endless potential to continue the brand.
Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional Halloween updates as we have them.