It seems that a group of Halloween fans from around the globe are upset that Anthony Michael Hall will be taking on the role of Tommy Doyle in next year’s Halloween Kills, and they’ve started a petition to bring back Brian Andrews to take on the role he originated in 1978.
“Blumhouse has brought Jamie Leigh Curtis, Charles Cyphers, and Nick Castle back to reprise the roles they originated in HALLOWEEN (78) yet they have the audacity to recast the pivotal role of Tommy Doyle for HALLOWEEN KILLS,” the petition on Change.org states. “Rather than casting the iconic Brian Andrews to again recite unforgettable lines like “But you can’t kill the Boogeyman,” “The Boogeyman’s outside,” and “Was that the Boogeyman?”, producers, for some inexplicable reason have cast Anthony Michael Hall to play Tommy Doyle in the new films. As HALLOWEEN purists, we find this decision to be outrageous, audacious, and wildly offensive and we must take a stand. And so, we demand producers bring Brian Andrews back to the Halloween franchise.”
We’re not sure if they are entirely serious or not–the petition itself sounds a bit tongue-in-cheek–but they’ve managed to gather just under 400 signatures as of the writing of this article.
One can’t help but wonder if they were this upset back when Paul Rudd took on the role of Tommy Doyle in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.
It was recently announced that Kyle Richards, who played Tommy’s BFF Lindsey Wallace in the 1978 classic, will be in the new sequel reprising the role she originated.
Andrews appeared in a number of film and television roles in the 70s and 80s but has only two acting credits as an adult and it’s entirely possible Andrews hasn’t been invited to this particular reunion because they wanted someone with stronger acting chops to take on the role of Tommy Doyle, particularly if the character plays a large part in the film.
Regardless, as of now, we’ve heard no plans to bring Andrews back, even in a cameo appearance, for either of the planned Halloween sequels.
Halloween Kills is due out in October of 2020.