Halloween Returns plot

Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are co-writing the new Halloween film, Halloween Returns, which Dunstan will direct. To date we’ve known only a bit about the film, which has been described as a “recalibration” of the series, with rumors saying that it would follow directly from Halloween II — the original 1981 movie, not Rob Zombie’s most recent entry int he series — by focusing on one character peripheral to the original story, and that man’s daughter.

Now Dunstan has given an interview talking about some Halloween Returns plot influences and timeline clues, and the ideas that he and his team are bringing to creating the latest incarnation of Michael Myers. Read More »


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Halloween Returns

Michael Myers is putting on the mask and picking up the knife once again as Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are working on a “recalibration” of the Halloween series. Halloween Returns is the title of the new film, which will be the eleventh overall installment in the Halloween series, and the tenth featuring killer Michael Myers.

The story reportedly centers on the grown child of a former Myers victim harboring a deep (and understandable) resentment of the killer before becoming a target of the newly-freed Myers. In addition to serving as one of the writers, Marcus Dunstan will direct. Read More »

new Halloween movie

Michael Myers never stays dead for too long, and now he’s returning to the big screen. Dimension films has revived efforts to make a new Halloween film. The first step in the process is to hire Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who together wrote several Saw movies (specifically the latter four films), to write the script for the new film. But what is this Halloween going to be? Reportedly, it will be a “recalibration,” which seems like a single-word replacement for “we’re not sure yet.” Read More »

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, you probably spent at least a little bit of your childhood being scared silly by Alvin Schwartz‘s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now a whole new generation of kids will get the opportunity to be spooked by those stories, thanks to CBS Films.

The studio has just picked up the rights to the three-part horror anthology series, with scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunston set to write the screenplay. The pair are best known for their work on the Saw series, so they certainly know their way around creepy material. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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The Stuff of Legend

The twisted minds behind Saws IV, V, VI, and 3D are ready to bring some fun to the whole family. And no, that isn’t a sick way of describing the next Saw plotline.

Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have signed on for Disney’s The Stuff of Legend, a fantasy-action film about heroic toys involved in an unseen war. Music video and commercial director Pete Candeland has been attached to direct since last year. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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I should have skipped out of The Collection five, maybe ten minutes after it began. It took just that much time to realize that the movie really is only a basic exploration of a simple premise, and ultimately (for different reasons) not for me. The sequel to 2009’s The Collector is once again written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, with Dunstan directing. Crafty masked machinist killer the Collector returns to menace more innocents, this time losing hold of Arkin (Josh Stewart), one of his last victims, as he attacks a rave full of revelers and takes a new living prisoner, Elena.

Knowing based on the Collector’s previous patterns that Elena (Emma Fitzpatrick) is likely alive, her father’s commando-like right-hand man recruits Arkin to pursue the killer along with a small team of mercs. This does not end well. Presumably, that’s a good thing, as there’s really no reason to watch The Collection other than to see the various ways that characters are dispatched. Read More »

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The so-called “torture porn” genre is mostly dead, but has given way to a sort of action-adventure horror that fuses elements of that particular vision of horror with other ideas. That seems to be the slot in which to place The Collection, which comes from Saw IV-VI writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan. The latter also directs, and the film is his sequel to the 2009 effort The Collector.

The story kicks off with a girl (Emma Fitzpatrick) going to a secret party that turns into a murder spree for a killer known as The Collector. Her father hires a merc crew to retrieve her, and the film seems to go down the Aliens path, as the team recruits Arkin (Josh Stewart), the one guy who escaped the Collector’s lair to guide them in an effort to take him down.

A new trailer shows off some of the action and murderous ideas at play in the film; check it out below. Read More »

Writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have the unenviable task of adapting Sony’s hit video game, God of War, for the big screen. The series centers on a badass named Kratos, a former Spartan general who loses everything, becomes an immortal killer and vows revenge against the Gods. Think Gladiator meets Clash of the Titans with a mega 300 scope.

In fact, the existence of those films forced Melton and Dunstan to come at the story in a completely different way and, in a new interview, not only do they discuss how they’re approaching the film, they break down a few of the major beats in the script. Read their quotes and ideas after the jump. Read More »

Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have long since been the runaway success story of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s highly underrated HBO show Project Greenlight. The pair were on the third season and wrote Feast, which lead them to write Saw IV through VII, a couple other movies and most recently, a draft of Guillermo Del Toro’s epic Pacific Rim. That jump from horror to action has now helped them get a huge follow-up gig. They’ll be writing God of War, based on the popular Sony video gameDavid Self (Road to Perdition, The Wolfman) wrote the first draft and will executive produce for Universal. Read more below. Read More »