David Gordon Green’s Halloween Returns is set to begin production in mid-January, according to a casting call from Omega Underground. The upcoming film, which was written by Green and Danny McBride (HBO’s Vice Principals), stars Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Judy Greer as her daughter, Karen. Nick Castle, who played Michael Myers in John Carpenter’s 1978 original, reprises his infamous role. Additionally, Zac Efron joined the cast recently in a currently unspecified role.
The casting call is looking for teenagers to play extras in a high school. More importantly, the casting call reveals the film’s shooting location, or at least one of them: Charleston, South Carolina. Specifically, the call is looking for:
-High School Students (Extras/Background)
-Males and Females
-Ages 15-21 (if under 18 include parents names)
Green’s film is the first Halloween movie that fans have been excited for in a long time. After a string of underwhelming sequels, Rob Zombie did a reboot of the franchise with two entries in 2007 and 2009, but they were received with decidedly mixed reactions. The script works as a direct sequel to the first film, and (rightfully) ignores a lot of what came afterward.
In a November 2017 interview with Collider, McBride said:
“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one. It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.
“I’m a humongous Halloween fan, so when David and I got approached about doing this from Blumhouse [the studio behind Get Out], the first thing David and I said was, ‘We’ll come up with a take, but we have to pitch it to [franchise creator John] Carpenter. If he’s not interested, we’re definitely not into making this.’ And [executive producer] Jason Blum was totally on board with that. That’s exactly what he wanted to do anyway. So we came up with our pitch.
“We pitched to Carpenter, and he was into it, which kind of blew David and me away, but I still think nobody was really talking about Jamie. … I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to. So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”
Halloween Returns hits theaters on October 19th, 2018.
Images: Blumhouse, Columbia
Source: Comic Book