10 Horror Sequels and Reboots stuck in Development Limbo
1. Halloween Returns
The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter. Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line.
Update: Dimension Films has finally lost the rights to the Halloween franchise leaving the sequel in limbo indefinitely.
2. Battle Royale
No official plot yet, but the original was set in Japan, where violence among the youth have sky-rocketed. The US version was still set to be centered around high school students but this time in America.
The original still was being shopped for proper US distribution in the early 2000’s. In 2006 New Line Cinema picked up the remake rights in 2006. Although the story line was intended to be toned down for US audiences it was getting a lot of push back for the studio.
In 2007 the project was halted completely during the time of the unfortunate events at Virginia tech and the parallels to the plot.
This put the project in indefinite limbo.
Follows a group of kids called the “Losers Club” that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.
Update: Filming is still aimed to begin this summer and with an R-rating in mind, according to producer Roy Lee, who was also quoted saying:
“It is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work… We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”
At the moment they’re fine-tuning the final draft of the script, so they can reach their budget target before moving forward.
Apparently the studio wanted IT to be younger in the film, so they’ve reportedly attached young Brit actor Will Poulter but the studio seems to now be going a different way.