The phrase ‘reboot’ is thrown around fairly loosely in recent years, applying to not just actual reboots but also often projects better dubbed ‘refreshes’ or ‘restarts’, films that resurrect long dormant franchise but keep some or all of the continuity from the previous films.
When the new “Halloween” was announced, and then it was revealed it would serve as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 original while ignoring the rest, the term reboot (or rather ‘soft reboot’) began to be inaccurately ascribed to it. It’s a term that the film’s producer Jason Blum has strong feelings about and tells Variety:
“The way to get people interested is to not reboot. The term makes my hair stand up on the back of my neck. What we’re doing with Halloween is, I guess I’ll use the term ‘reinvention’. Reboot just sounds so corporate.
The way we attacked Halloween was to go after what we’ve done with a lot of other movies. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are not known for horror, Jordan Peele was not known for horror before Get Out.
So I think we’ve had a lot of success mixing genres of people – not the movie – the movie’s a straight, scary movie, so I think we’ve got a very original voice with David Gordon Green and Danny, and having Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter back in the mix to me was the beginning.
The franchise itself has seen some minor reboots and retconning along the way that its own continuity is messy at best, though it has had a genuine reboot in the form of Rob Zombie’s 2007 film. The new “Halloween” is set to hit theatres October 19th.