Those in charge of the upcoming new “Halloween” film, namely director/co-writer David Gordon Green and co-writer/producer Danny McBride, have previously indicated that the new entry is ignoring most of the sequels in the series in favour of a follow-up to the John Carpenter-directed original.
Carpenter is famously getting involved again in the franchise, having sat out the series in any capacity since the third film. In a recent Q&A via Stereogum, he opened up and addressed Jamie Lee Curtis’ involvement and surprisingly revealed the film will only acknowledging the first movie in the series:
“[Jamie Lee Curtis] talked to the director. Her part was written into the script and they had this idea — it’s kind of a… I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one, and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.”
The news is a surprise. The third film is a standalone feature not tied to the series, and the fourth onwards are set years later, so both can effectively be ignored without issue.
The second on the other hand is inexorably tied to the first film and showcases the second half of the same night, picking up on the first film’s cliffhanger ending. It was also penned, produced and scored by Carpenter who also did some reshoots of director Rick Rosenthal’s work so it was hardly lacking his involvement.
If this is the case though, then Laurie last saw Michael fall from a second storey window after being shot by Dr. Loomisin 1978. It renders Michael more human, as the character didn’t become effectively immortal to injuries that would kill normal men until the second.
It also effectively renders his blood relationship to Laurie in the mythology void because that story element didn’t come into play until the sequel. The new “Halloween” returns to cinemas on October 19 next year.