Dread Central have heard from a reporter at the 30 Years of Halloween Convention in Pasadena, CA. that producer Malek Akkad announced a January start date for HALLOWEEN 2, a direct sequel to Rob Zombie's remake of the original 1978 John Carpenter classic. Tyler Mane, the former wrestler who played Michael as "The Shape" has already agreed to return and talks are under-way with several of the actors from the first movie. Rob Zombie though, won't return to direct. The only rumor so far of who might helm are the duo film-makers Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury who directed the French horror INSIDE and were at one time to direct the HELLRAISER remake. Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN was a big success for The Weinsteins, grossing $58 million domestically ($78 million worldwide) and it was a shock to everyone they didn't greenlight a sequel immediately last summer.