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Directed by David Gordon Green
Produced by John Carpenter
Malek Akkad
Jason Blum
Written by

David Gordon Green
Danny McBride
Jeff Fradley

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis

Judy Greer  Nick Castle

Andi Matichak

Casting by Sarah Domeire

Terri Taylor

Music by John Carpenter
Cinematography Michael Simmonds
Editing by N/A
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Production studios Blumhouse Productions

Miramax

Release October 19 2018
Running time N/A
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Halloween (1978)
"Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18."
Jamie Lee Curtis

Halloween is an upcoming film in the Halloween franchise.

Halloween is scheduled to be released theatrically on October 19, 2018.[1] and will be written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, with Green also attached to direct the film[2]. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise, picking up forty years after the events of the original film while disregarding the previous sequels from canon. Series co-creator John Carpenter serves as an executive producer and creative consultant for the film.[3]

After the release of Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a sequel to the 2007 remake of the original, two consecutive follow-ups went into development from former rights holder Dimension Films, respectively, but neither achieved fruition. As a result, the studio lost the rights to the intellectual property, which were later obtained by Blumhouse Productions with John Carpenter's involvement. Carpenter, who disagreed with the remake's portrayal of lead killer Michael Myers, planned on helping the studio to make the next Halloween film into what he believed to be more terrifying than the preceding sequels. Filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, who were already fans, proposed their vision to Blumhouse and Carpenter. It was accepted and developed into a direct sequel to the original, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their roles as Laurie Strode and Myers, respectively.

The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, its first involvement in the Halloween franchise since the 1982 film Halloween III: Season of the Witch. 

Principal photography commenced on January 13, 2018 in South Carolina, United States and concluded on February 19, 2018. The film is set for release on October 19, 2018.

Plot Edit

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.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

In 2011, it was announced that a sequel to 2009's Halloween II, titled Halloween 3D, would be released on October 26, 2012. At the time of the announcement, there was no director or writer attached to the project. Originally, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer were labeled as writers but dropped out due to their occupancy on the Hellraiser reboot. The film would pick up where the final frame of its predecessor left off, and would pay homage to the original version of Michael Myers from the 1978 film. It was dropped from its release schedule on October 26, 2012, as no progress had been made.

In February 2015, it was reported that Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan would be writing a new Halloween film, described as a "recalibration" rather than a reboot, along with Malek Akkad and Matt Stein producing. On June 15, 2015, it was further reported that The Weinstein Company was moving ahead with another Halloween sequel, tentatively titled Halloween Returns with Dunstan directing. It would have been a standalone film set to reintroduce audiences to Michael Myers years after his initial rampage from Halloween and 1981's Halloween II, as he was confronted by a new generation of victims while on death row. On October 22, 2015, producer Malek Akkad revealed that the production of Halloween Returns had been postponed, stating that the the extra time would result in a better film. Malek said on the matter, "Although, I have to say, and this is somewhat new news, but unfortunately things happen in Hollywood where you have issues with studios and different variables. We've had to take a step back and now we’re trying to re-figure this beast that is the new Halloween. So there is a bit of a delay, but this new Halloween isn't going to be quite what has been announced and what people are expecting, so we're making some changes there as well." In December 2015, it was announced that Dimension Films no longer had the rights to the Halloween franchise after Halloween Returns failed to go into production on schedule. The film's cancellation was confirmed at the same time. May 2016 brought the announcement that Blumhouse Productions and Miramax were co-financing a new film in the franchise, with Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum proclaiming that "Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together."

On February 9, 2017, Carpenter announced that the new Halloween film would be released on October 19, 2018 and was going to be written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, and directed by Green. It will be a direct sequel to the original film and will ignore all the sequels. In September 2017, Jamie Lee Curtis confirmed that she would reprise her role as Laurie Strode. In October, Judy Greer entered negotiations to play Laurie's daughter Karen Strode. The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, their first involvement in the franchise since distributing 1982's Halloween III: Season of the Witch. On October 17, 2017, Carpenter announced that he would be returning to score the upcoming film, saying "I’ll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I’ll have to see the movie to see what it requires." On November 21, 2017 it was announced that filming for the movie had been postponed from November 2017 until Early January 2018 due to casting being incomplete. On December 7, 2017, Andi Matichak was cast to play Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson Strode. On December 20, 2017, it was reported that Nick Castle, who portrayed Michael Myers in the original film, will be reprising his role, with stunt double James Jude Courtney set to portray Myers as well. On January 13, 2018, Ginny Gardner, Miles Robbins, Dylan Arnold and Drew Scheid have been cast to play Allyson’s friends. Principal photography is slated to begin on January 13, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. On January 16, 2018, Will Patton has been cast in the film. On July 27, 2018, it was announced that a sound-alike actor would provide a voice over for Dr. Sam Loomis, who was originally portrayed by Donald Pleasence.

When John Carpenter signed on as an executive producer in 2016, he described his intention: "Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I'm going to help to try to make the 11th sequel the scariest of them all." When the rights were acquired by Blumhouse, filmmaker Adam Wingard discussed making a new Halloween film, but ultimately dropped out: "I actually got an email, in confidence, where Carpenter was basically… He actually gave them the thumbs up for me. And I kinda walked away from it like, I just got everything I wanted out of this job. 'This is about as good as it gets.'" David Gordon Green and Danny McBride were publicised on February 2017 to handle screenwriting duties, with Green directing and Carpenter advising the project. Carpenter said that he was impressed with the pitch presented by the co-writers, solicited by Jason Blum, proclaiming that "They get it." Rather than reboot the franchise a second time, they chose to focus primarily on continuing the mythology of the first two films when developing the story, with Danny McBride stating "We all came to the decision that remaking something that already works isn’t a good idea. So we just have a reimagining instead." The pitch was created by the writers specifically to present to Carpenter, as they were self-described fans of the original Halloween to begin with. The story was eventually fleshed out so that all of the sequels were ignored from continuity, and the ending of the first film was slightly retconned. According to McBride, "It picks up after the first one, but it's sort of an alternate reality." However, he later said that the film still pays tribute to the other films, despite sharing no direct continuity, "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 from there. It was nicer than knowing you're working on Halloween 11, it just seemed cooler, 'we're making Halloween 2'. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there." Despite Green and McBride's comedy roots, Halloween was distanced from the comedy genre. McBride further elaborated that "this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror." Believing that "good horror movie directors are good directors", Jason Blum hired Green because for his perceived "amazing" storytelling. No large steps were taken without Carpenter's approval, including the acceptance of the initial pitch and bringing back actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

ReleaseEdit

The first trailer released June 8, 2018. The film will be released by Universal Pictures on October 19, 2018.[4]

ContinuityEdit

The upcoming film will be a direct sequel to the original film, and will ignore the events of the sequels.[5][6][7] The story was eventually fleshed out so that all of the sequels were ignored from continuity, and the ending of the first film was slightly retconned. According to McBride, "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."

NotesEdit

  • The film will not focus on the blood and gore, going more for the dread and horror of the original movie.
  • Michael will not be Laurie's brother, as this film will pretend that the other sequels never happened.
  • Doctor Sam Loomis died in the 90's in this timeline.
  • According to John Carpenter, this is supposed to be the final installment of the series.
  • Unlike his previous incarnations, this version of Michael Myers is more human and less supernatural, retaining stab and gunshot wounds he received from Lauire and Loomis in 1978.
  • The movie will be released on October 19, which is apparently Michael's birthday.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://twitter.com/jamieleecurtis/status/908760232016322560
  2. http://deadline.com/2017/02/new-halloween-movie-david-gordon-green-danny-mcbride-1201907337/
  3. http://ew.com/article/2016/05/24/halloween-john-carpenter/
  4. https://twitter.com/blumhouse/status/908760094657019904
  5. http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3463699/john-carpenter-says-next-years-halloween-disregards-everything-past-original-film/
  6. https://www.stereogum.com/1966097/qa-john-carpenter-talks-new-album-anthology-the-upcoming-halloween-sequel/franchises/interview/
  7. https://sports.yahoo.com/danny-mcbride-halloween-just-hope-dont-fk-piss-people-off-183213419.html

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