With Halloween almost upon us, it’s time for pumpkin-spiced everything and scary movies. And with Halloween, directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, The Sitter), hitting theatres on October 19, there’s an opportunity to get some big screen scares too. But if Green’s Halloween turns out to be a smashing success, Michael Myers could return for more outings.
According to Entertainment Weekly, producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Blackkklansman)–the founder of Blumhouse Productions–told the publication he expects this new Halloween reboot can be franchised. “Yeah, for sure, for sure, 100 percent,” Blum said when asked if he hopes to make more films in the Halloween universe. “Let me tell you, if we got six movies out of [Paranormal Activity]–they found new footage five times in a row!–I feel like we can figure out the next chapter. But we’ll see.”
Green’s Halloween was first announced back in May 2016 by series creator John Carpenter, the director of the first entry in the slasher franchise in 1978. “Halloween needs to return to its traditions,” Carpenter said in a statement. About a year later, Carpenter announced the talent that’ll make the project “the scariest of them all.” He recruited David Gordon Green to direct, and Danny McBride (The Disaster Artist, Alien: Covenant) and Jeff Fradley (Your Highness, Vice Principals) to write.
In April 2018, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who reprises her role from as Laurie Strode, began talking about the plot of the Halloween reboot. “There was the idea of, ‘What do you call it?” If I had had my druthers, I probably would’ve called it Halloween Retold. Because it’s being retold,” she said. “It’s the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter.” She continued, saying that some of the footage she saw terrified her. “They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I’ve never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this.”
In our review, we said that even though Halloween doesn’t reinvent the horror genre or establish in new subgenres within the category, “What it does is take the best parts of all the films in the franchise, and deliver the ultimate companion piece to Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece.”
Halloween is due out in theatres on October 19, 2018.