A new take on John Carpenter’s classic Halloween is in the works from David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Our Brand Is Crisis) and Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down, Vice Principals), with Carpenter himself serving as an executive producer and creative consultant.
McBride has said the new Halloween won’t be a remake, but rather “it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”
As such, they’re bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode for one “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.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time Curtis has reprised her legendary role; in fact, this isn’t even the first time this whole matchup has been billed as a “final confrontation.” In 1998, Curtis returned to the franchise to do exactly that in Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, which ended in a climactic battle.
Sadly, that battle carried over into 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection, where she was killed off before the film derailed into even more stupidity. That film marked the last entry in the “traditional” series, some five years before Rob Zombie restarted the series for two remakes. Still with us?
So, this means that not only will we be seeing another reboot of the series, but another reboot of a character who’s been believed to be dead at least twice in this series. If you’re feeling woozy, that’s not all the candy corn you’re consuming, it’s because this entire franchise is absolutely insane.
Nevertheless, in addition to the casting announcement, Carpenter also revealed a release date for the new Halloween: October 19th, 2018. Yes, that’s some 40 years after the original, and if you’re doing the math, that would make Laurie 57 and Myers 61. Let’s just say, The Shape will have every reason to be walking slow.