Carpenter Confirmed For “Halloween” Score

Filmmaker John Carpenter is a rare breed in that, with one or two exceptions, he does the musical scores for all the films he directs, and he doesn’t do them for any other filmmaker’s work.

That stance now changes with producer Jason Blum confirming on Twitter today the long-running but not yet certain news – that Carpenter is providing the score for the new “Halloween” this year. This would mark Carpenter’s first full film score since 2001’s “Ghosts of Mars,” he previously indicated he would probably provide the reboot soundtrack but wasn’t quite sure at the time:

“I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I’ve made a deal to do the music…There are many options. 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.”

Blum doesn’t provide specific details though in his tweet, only confirming Carpenter is onboard to do it. David Gordon Green helms the film which serves as a direct sequel to the 1978 original, bypassing the various sequels that came after. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her signature role of Laurie Strode who is now a grandmother. Speaking with Yahoo, she offered her take on the new film:

“And as soon as I read what David Green and Danny McBride had come up with … and the way that they connected the dots of the story, it made so much sense to me that it felt totally appropriate for me to return to Haddonfield, Ill., for another 40th-anniversary retelling. There was the idea of, ‘What do you call it?’ If I had had my druthers, I probably would’ve called it Halloween Retold. Because it’s being retold. It’s the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter.”

Andi Matichak takes on the role of said granddaughter opposite Curtis and Judy Greer as the young girl’s mother & Laurie’s daughter. Curtis also says she’s seen a trailer and: “It’s terrifying. They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I’ve never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this.”

“Halloween” opens on October 19th.