There’s a lot of pressure on David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween movie. Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to the franchise, he and Danny McBride co-wrote the script, relatively big-name stars like Judy Greer and Zac Efron have already joined the cast, and John Carpenter is collaborating with them every step of the way. If that wasn’t enough to send fans’ expectations through the roof, Carpenter himself has reportedly said this forthcoming sequel – which supposedly ignores every other film in the franchise except the first two – will be the last one. Ever.
The new film, which seems to have been given the official title Halloween Returns, takes place forty years after the original film, with Curtis reprising her seminal role as “final girl” Laurie Strode, who escaped the clutches of masked maniac Michael Myers all those years ago. With a daughter of her own (Greer), Laurie is thrust into one more battle against Myers, and an interview with John Carpenter and CBS has confirmed that it will be the epic finale to one of the most beloved horror franchises of all time.
Producer Jason Blum has gone on record saying that no major decisions are made about the film without Carpenter’s approval, and it’s pretty great that Blum is letting the franchise’s creator be so heavily involved with a definitive ending, especially after seeing how his vision has been bastardized time and time again with unnecessary sequels. Not counting Rob Zombie’s take on the characters, the last time we saw Laurie Strode and Michael Myers share the screen was in 2002’s abysmal Halloween: Resurrection, so giving these filmmakers the ability to wipe the slate clean and pursue a sequel worth watching is an exciting thing for both the fans and John Carpenter himself.
Looking back, it’s crazy to think that Carpenter never wanted a sequel in the first place. Instead, he got seven, none of which even came close to living up to the original. Aside from some of his lesser comedies, David Gordon Green is one of the best directors working today. From his debut, 2000’s George Washington, to this year’s Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Green is exactly the kind of high-profile director who should be tackling a mainstream horror movie. All the better knowing that nobody will ever have a chance to ruin it again.
In the meantime, check out this fan-made poster for Halloween Returns, featuring an older Laurie Strode being stalked by an older Michael Myers. The poster comes courtesy of artist PL Boucher.
Halloween Returns hits theaters on October 19th, 2018!
Source: Horror Freak News