Today, Daily Dead had the opportunity to catch up with producer Malek Akkad to discuss all things Halloween. During our interview time, Akkad gave us a bit of an update on the highly anticipated upcoming sequel, and it looks like us Michael Myers fans will need to be a bit more patient for more mayhem.

Akkad provided us with this update on the new Halloween while discussing the involvement of both Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, saying, “We had been working with a bunch of writers where we got close, but then we brought in Marcus and Patrick and worked closely with them. We found that we all were very much on the same level of what we wanted to do, in spite of the fact that the studio wasn’t necessarily in agreement. I just felt like I really had partners who would also fight the good fight and fight for the ideas, and fight for the things that we wanted to make sure we got right. And I just think they’re fantastic and super-talented.”

“Although, I have to say, and this is somewhat new news—but unfortunately things happen in Hollywood where you have issues with studios and different variables—we’ve had to take a step back and now we’re trying to refigure this beast that is the new Halloween. So there is a bit of a delay with this sequel now.”

“But I do think it is a good thing for the franchise. It’s only going to be resulting in a better film, which I hope the fans appreciate. But this new Halloween isn’t going to be quite what has been announced and what people are expecting, so we’re making some changes there as well,” Akkad added.

Interesting news, especially in the wake of the Friday the 13th delay announcement earlier this week. But frankly, as a fan, if Akkad, Dunstan and Melton need a little more time to make sure they do Myers justice, then I’m perfectly fine waiting just a bit longer for another installment of Halloween.

Look for more from our exclusive chat with Akkad soon!

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.