Last week came the big announcement that Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions would release two new sequels to 2018’s successful revival of the “Halloween” franchise. “Halloween Kills” would be released October 2020 and “Halloween Ends” would open October 2021.
The films would see the return of director/co-writer David Gordon Green, writer Danny McBride and star Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as The Shape. Beyond that though, there wasn’t much in the way of details available about what to expect.
Collider has now spoken with Green and McBride at the HBO panel at today’s TV Critics Association press tour and Green confirmed the films will shoot back-to-back:
“We stat in September [and shoot them back-to-back] with a breather between. But they’ll be out in two consecutive years, in 2020 and 2021. You get a breather this year, and then, for the next two years, it’s gonna be crazy.”
McBride confirms the story that runs through ‘Halloween Ends’ was thought up when they came up with the story for the 2018 film. When they began making the 2018 film, the original plan was for two movies, but they changed that once things got going:
“That was our plan. Relaunching it for just one, we wanted it to have a bigger story. We were originally going to even shoot them back to back, but as soon as we got it up and running, we took a look at ourselves and were like, ‘You know what? We should make sure we can do one of them good, before we bite off trying to do three of them.’
So, we just put all of our efforts into trying to make the first one land. There was talk, right away, of us doing more of these. We just needed to get everybody aligned and see if everybody was down with the vision. Luckily, everyone is.
It’s just a continuation of it. It’s telling the story, moving forward. It’s not another reinvention, or anything like that. It’s this world that we’ve established, and then it continues beyond the events of the first one.”
Green confirms that when they went back after last year’s film came out, they realised they had enough story for two additional sequels and each will have ‘strong, different narratives’ that will bring the Laurie Strode and Michael Myers arc to a conclusion:
“We had ambitions of doing two, with some big ideas, and then decided that we should see if anybody liked one at a time, and if they liked the other one, then maybe we’d build on it. And then, when that was successful, our additional ideas that weren’t integrated into that first one developed into two. We’ve written them, and we’re ready to go.
…They’re never done telling the Frankenstein story, and at this point, Michael Myers is a classic movie monster. But our Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Michael Myers saga will be done. The fun of it is also seeing it end and knowing that it can. If you just keep trying to elongate it and milk it for all of the money, then that’s boring.”
“Halloween Kills” opens in cinemas on October 16th 2020 and “Halloween Ends” hits October 15th 2021.