Reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival for the new “Halloween” have been quite strong, so much so that talk of a sequel is already churning. Of course the film, a direct sequel to the 1978 original that ignores the seven other sequels, has to open first and be a success.
Additionally there’s the complication that the film’s producer Jason Blum has previously indicated they aren’t planning the sequel. This week, whilst speaking at the festival, Blum clarified those comments saying they weren’t correct and his Blumhouse production banner is open to a follow-up:
“No, I think that got a bit screwed up. I’d love to do sequels, and I hope we do a sequel and we will do a sequel if the movie performs. We’re not going to decide if we do a sequel or not until we see the reaction to this movie. But I really hope to make it.”
While Blumhouse has dominated the horror genre for the past few years with numerous one-off films and franchises, this represents their first attempt at rebooting a pre-existing franchise. The film’s co-writer Danny McBride has also previously revealed that they have an idea for a sequel should the opportunity arise to do one.
“Halloween” is set to open nationwide on October 19th.