Sadly, John Carpenter is truly one of the last of a dying breed. With Craven, Romero, and Hooper all passing away in the last several years, horror’s supply of legendary directors from the 1970s and 80s is rapidly depleting.
That said, Carpenter ain’t gone yet, and he’s recently returned to horror in a big way by producing and creatively overseeing the next Halloween film, set to be directed by David Gordon Green and co-written by Green and Danny McBride.
This latest Halloween – set to open on October 19th, 2018 – will be taking things back to the beginning, literally. As confirmed by Carpenter, the plot will serve as a direct follow-up to the 1978 original, ignoring even popular 1981 sequel Halloween II.
During a recent chat with Billboard, Carpenter also revealed another way that the new Halloween will be similar to the original film. In a move sure to thrill horror lovers everywhere, Carpenter says that he’s made a deal to compose the score!
As justifiably lauded as Carpenter’s directing work is, he’s arguably just as well-known for his music, and the new Halloween will mark his first time composing a film score since 2001’s Ghosts of Mars.
Carpenter rightly says that he’ll have to actually see the new film before deciding what would be best for the score, but he’s open to varying possibilities, such as crafting an entirely new score, revising and updating his classic Halloween score, or doing a mix of both new material and old favorites.
With Jamie Lee Curtis reprising the role of Laurie Strode, and Carpenter back as both producer and composer, the stars look to finally be aligning to give fans the new Halloween movie of their dreams.