It’s just been revealed that not only is executive producer John Carpenter’s 2018 Halloween movie a sequel to the original 1978 classic, but it also ignores every single sequel – including Halloween 2 and Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.
In an interview with Stereogum, Carpenter revealed that Jamie Lee Curtis’s character – Laurie Strode – was actually not in the original script. However, Strode was written in after Curtis approached the director about the part. Carpenter then explained that this was in part because they had decided that the movie was going to ignore all of the other sequels:
“She talked to the director. Her part was written into the script and they had this idea — it’s kind of a… I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.”
One takeaway from this is that the sequel will likely do away with the “Laurie Strode is the long-lost younger sister of Michael Myers” plot element that was brought into the second film, which impacted all of the sequels and even the two films of Rob Zombie’s remake series; it was added to serve as a justification for why a still-at-large, maniacal serial killer would suddenly go back to targeting one woman in particular when such a move would be – for lack of a better term – insane. This plot element is somewhat divisive with the fans, as some thought it was more interesting to imagine Myers as not having a particular motive.
So with that plot idea likely out the window as a result of the sequel being non-canonical to this movie, this ought to make it all the more interesting if Myers ends up targeting Strode 40 years later. Curtis’s involvement will likely pique the interests of a lot of old-school Halloween fans who would have otherwise passed on the movie, and Carpenter’s involvement – along with his confidence in the script, which he contributed to – will likely mean that this film will be the best-made sequel in the franchise’s history.
The untitled Halloween sequel will be released on October 19, 2018. Jamie Lee Curtis is set to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, with Judy Greer in talks to portray Karen Strode (Laurie’s daughter). The movie will be directed by David Gordon Green, written by Green and Danny McBride, produced by Malek Akkad, and executive produced by Carpenter, Green, McBride, and Blum.