Aside from writing and producing the second and third films, John Carpenter has remained fairly hands off the “Halloween” franchise past his original masterpiece.
That stance changed with the new “Halloween” due this year which he’s executive producing, consulting on and possibly composing for. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role in the new David Gordon Green-directed film which serves as a direct sequel to the 1978 original and ignores all the others.
In a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes, he explains why he came back for this entry:
“You know, you know I talked about the Halloweens for a long time, the sequels — I haven’t even seen all of them. I don’t even know what really was there — but finally, it occurred to me: Well if I’m just flapping my gums here, talking about it, why don’t I try to make it as good as I can? I could offer advice. I could talk to the director. I like the director very much. I like the script. So, you know, stop throwing rocks from the sidelines and get in there and try to do something positive.”
Carpenter in the past has been quite vocal about his dislike of remakes of his work and famously slammed Rob Zombie’s reboot. The new “Halloween” arrives October 19th.