Nearly a decade on since the last film, the “Halloween” franchise is returning with the upcoming sequel/minor reboot from Blumhouse Pictures that has already been confirmed to serve as a direct sequel to the first film – effectively ignoring everything else after it including “Halloween II”.
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride penned the script with Green to direct, and now McBride has revealed to Yahoo that the new film is going even further and will retcon the ending of John Carpenter’s original:
“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one. It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way… I think you should be very scared. I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”
Specifics about the plot remain under wraps, but McBride says he’s well aware of the pressure on them:
“I just hope that we don’t f–k it up and piss people off. This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully that will line up with most fans.”
To that end they “busted our ass on this script” to make the return of Jamie Lee Curtis’ character Laurie Strode something the actress wouldn’t be able to say no to: “When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”
The “Halloween” reboot is set to arrive on October 19th 2018.