Actor Tony Moran, as masked kiler Michael Myers, wields a knife in a still from the horror film, 'Halloween,' directed by Joh
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Almost four decades after John Carpenter's original Halloween hit theaters, the 68-year-old writer/director/composer is planning to executive produce the 11th film in the saga. Halloween has been on hiatus since Rob Zombie drove the franchise into the ground with directed a sequel to his 2007 reboot back in '09. This is the longest that the saga of serial killer Michael Meyers has lain dormant.

“38 years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all," Carpenter says. There's no director or writer so far, although producer Jason Blum says, "We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.” The project is being fast-tracked.

Carpenter's post-Halloween credits include The Thing, Escape from New York, Vampires and Christine. He composed music for all of those films save The Thing. Halloween III: Season of the Witch—a.k.a. the one with zero Michael Meyers—was the last time Carpenter produced for the franchise.

Next, listen to the Back of the Class podcast talk horror movies and The Witch at the 11:40-mark in the episode below, featuring guest panelist Mark Sundstrom: