With his greater involvement in the new chapter of his iconic classic, it comes as little surprise that filmmaker John Carpenter has confirmed he will be providing the score for the upcoming new “Halloween” film.
As previously reported, the film will ignore the events of all the sequels, including potentially the second film, to serve as a direct follow-up to the first. Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as Laurie Strode in the new film set forty years after the events in Haddonfield in 1978.
Carpenter is serving as both an executive producer and advisor on the new film which David Gordon Green is directing and co-wrote with Danny McBride. Carpenter has indicated the pair have been keeping him very involved in the new film, and in a new interview with Billboard (via Syfy) this week he lets slip he’s likely returning to score:
“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.”
Carpenter was one of the pioneers of synth-based music scores which have had a bit of a resurgence of late. In related news, Oscar winning composing duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have unveiled their cover of Carpenter’s iconic theme. Running nearly eight minutes long, it blends elements of Carpenter’s original theme with an atmospheric backing track before segueing into a more heavy rock take. Check it out below: