The stars were aligned, and prayers–or possibly wishes from enough goat sacrifices–were answered last year when it was announced that John Carpenter would be executive producer of a new Halloween film. On top of that, we learned that we would get to see Jaime Lee Curtis return as Laurie Strode, and the two-man-team of David Gordon Green and Danny McBride would be writing the screenplay for the new installment. The plot details are as follows:
Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
The film is intended to be the “true” sequel to the first Halloween, retconning all of the subsequent sequels, but they will not be completely irrelevant in Halloween (2018). At this year’s SXSW, Flickering Myth was able to talk to Danny McBride about some additional details on the new Halloween:
“This picks up after the first one,” said McBride. “The Halloween franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there’s some many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from there. It was nicer than knowing you’re working on Halloween 11, it just seemed cooler, ‘we’re making Halloween 2‘. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there.”
While McBride’s statement itself still leaves much to be speculated by fans–such as if ALL of the sequels would be referenced, maybe even Rob Zombie’s installments in the series–it wouldn’t seem unreasonable to assume these homages may include installments that were not well received by critics or fans; such as Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
While Halloween (2018) has been anticipated for some time by fans, it seems fitting that the film would give a “tip-of-the-hat” to the sequels. After all, they served as the initial reason Carpenter wanted to be on board with McBride and Green – to make a “true” sequel.
The film will be a Blumhouse production, and is dated to be in theaters October 19th, 2018.
On the topic of Halloween (2018), fans became overwhelmingly concerned with Jamie Lee Curtis’ departure from the set after only 2 weeks of filming. For those curious about this, you can check out our article reporting on Curtis wrapping up filming for Halloween (2018).