It was announced over the weekend that the new Halloween movie, which is coming from writer-director David Gordon Green (All The Real Girls, Pineapple Express, Joe) and co-writer Danny McBride, will star Jamie Lee Curtis, who will return in her iconic role as Laurie Strode.
“Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.” pic.twitter.com/IvptiZctyw
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 15, 2017
Prolific producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, the Insidious and Purge franchises) also tweeted the pic, and said “SHE’S BACK! See you guys October 19th, 2018. ”
So, this is very exciting. We knew that John Carpenter was on board in a producing capacity and would possibly/hopefully/”please do, John” be providing the score, but Curtis’ involvement was something of a bombshell.
Not least because, and spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen the terrible 2002 film Halloween: Resurrection…
Laurie was finally killed off in that film. In fact, that prologue sequence really is the only reason to watch Halloween: Resurrection, unless you’re a dedicated completist or somehow unable to resist the siren call of Busta Rhymes kicking Michael Myers in the chest.
So what does this mean for this new Halloween? Danny McBride has already spoken about the fact that he and Green plan on returning to a more “grounded” version of the story, telling Business Insider that “This is definitely a continuation [of Halloween and Halloween II] and a little bit of a reinvention…But we’re really trying to take it back to what John Carpenter originally started with and what was so horrifying about it.”
He also stated in the interview that they’re moving away from the supernatural element that was introduced later on, when “He became this superhuman — nothing could really kill him. That doesn’t make him scary anymore.” It’s a fair criticism, as the latter sequels’ cult plotline wasn’t ever particularly convincing or compelling, even when Donald Pleasence was giving it his all.
But does “later sequels” also include Halloween H20? The 1998 film brought Laurie back into the franchise along with her son John (Josh Hartnett), and while it certainly doesn’t measure up to Carpenter’s original, it’s a worthy follow-up that benefited greatly from exploring where the character had ended up (a teacher at a posh boarding school with a drinking problem and a new name), and from an excellent performance from Curtis. While we’re not necessarily opposed to pretending that Resurrection never happened, and we get that Josh Hartnett might not be up for popping in for a quick “Uncle Michael?” cameo, it would be a shame if this new film wrote H20 out of continuity completely.
Still, this is absolutely thrilling news. We can’t wait to see what this creative team has in store for us next Halloween, and to see Laurie and her brother go head-to-head one last time…
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