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‘Halloween’ Will Not Be a Remake; Picks Up After First Two Original Films!

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And now we’re even more excited.

It was announced last night that David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Joe) will be directing next year’s new installment in the Halloween franchise, being penned by Gordon Green and actor Danny McBride. John Carpenter is on board to executive produce, and as Carpenter himself noted, it was Gordon Green and McBride’s pitch that really sold him on their vision.

So what was that pitch, you ask? Speaking with CinemaBlend, McBride just dropped the bombshell that the new film is most definitely NOT going to be a remake!

Said McBride:

You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.

McBride also promised a no-laughs, return to form horror flick:

Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.

We are so on board. Couldn’t possibly be more on board.

Carpenter will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

The new Halloween is coming on October 19th, 2018.



  • Ariel Baldo

    I’ll believe it when I see it…

    • bestimitation

      This is exactly what was being reported back when Halloween Returns was being developed. A back to the roots sequel to the first 2….and that crashed and burned shortly before production was to start. We can’t really get excited about anything anymore unless they are actually filming. Seems way too premature, especially because they probably haven’t even starting writing it.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Sounding more awesome by the day. Love that there will finally be a legit Halloween III in Myers canon.

    • Harley Mitchel Dirk

      Halloween H20?

      • Christian

        More like HallowScream H20… Am I right guys?!

      • Flu-Like Symptoms

        Good point, but something that picks up right after first two films is something we never got. Even Part 4 was ten years later. I’d love to see what happens in the immediate aftermath of 2 with no flash-forward.

  • Khalil Wright

    This is cool. Just make it a period film.

  • Barry Goldsbury

    Thank god. This is exactly what I wanted to hear. We needed news like this. So excited!

  • Maxime C

    I’m so happy this is all turning good…so far! Way better than FridayThe13th

  • J Jett

    due to my disappointment with the recent F13 “delay”/cancellation i will not be able to believe this new H movie will come to fruition until i see an official behind the scenes pic or an official still from the film itself…but i like what i’m hearing/reading thus far!

    • Biscoito18

      Same. I’m trying my best to not get my hope too high.

    • DarkBree

      I think this movie is really gonna happen. They are not doing like Paramount did, firing and hiring people all the time, changing release dates and stuff. Looks like Blumhouse really wants to make this movie.

  • Chip

    I’m…not sure Michael alone is enough to drive a movie. Ressurection certainly proved that. So I hope to god the new cast holds up to at least Lauri Strode standards. Or hell, maybe have a male protagonist and cut the Scream Queen element? I always wanted a proper Loomis vs Michael movie, rather than having the character always so uselessly on the sidelines. Someone new to fill Loomis’ shoes would be nice as opposed to another Lauri or Jamie strode. Just please, don’t dredge up anymore Myers relatives.

  • Tavaris M Johnson

    I don’t trust this. If it was a comedy sureeeee! This is MICHEAL MEYERS! I hope John is right about this. Can’t get any worse than Zombie I guess.

    • Judge Satchmo

      I was at first repulsed by your comment. Michael is more his mask then he is anything else. But the more I thought about it, the greater the idea becomes. I wouldn’t want the whole movie that way, but it would be a great nod to the underrated (though still not great) Halloween 3.

  • Creepshow

    Michael needs a new mask. I vote for a Silver Shamrock. Pick one, I don’t care which one.

  • Rock of Stone

    Must have ingredients – 1) Get the damn mask right. 2) A black character is fine but please no “I am the coolest thing walking type rappers trying to make their screen debut”, 3) No cell phones or computers. 4) Bring back Michael’s under mask breathing and grunts from the original. 5) No rap in the soundtrack. 6) Get the damn mask right! 7) Michael must not visit outer space in this one. 8) Do not use Scream as an influence for this movie. Scream was lame to many of the people who grew up on 70s horror. 9) Get the damn mask right! 10) Carpenter has to promise to take a picture of him giving Michael a hug and saying I’m sorry for being a dick to you all these years buddy.”

    • dukeblues

      I hope it takes place in the 80’s. No cell phones and hip hop. This idea that people must have nothing but non stop action and modern themes in order for people to go see the movie is selling people short. I AVOID movies that are all about modern shit most of the time. Give me a throwback film.

      • Graham

        Totally agree 100%

      • OmarComin’

        Technology has ruined movies, just like it ruined the video store and my attention span.

    • Tyrannosaurus Ren

      #7…No deal.

  • Rick McCollum

    So technically they could bring back Jamie Lee Curtis.

    • Dan

      As weird as that would be, I believe you are correct. IMHO, I don’t think she’d be down for it.

      • oh_riginal

        So hard to say. She’s still active in her career, but she isn’t as big as she used to be. Plus with Carpenter on board, she might be more inspired? Never say never!

        • Dan

          One thing I’ve always appreciated about JLC is she’s never been too uppity or too cool to talk about Halloween. If they hadn’t killed her off already I think she’d be 100% in if they wanted her. But now, not too sure. If the script is written well, especially if they don’t follow the events of H Res, I think she’d at least consider it.

  • CalUni

    No more back story crap! The more abstract and ‘shape’ like the better. Nothing is more chilling than the unknown in this case.

  • Harley Mitchel Dirk

    Seems like they are going for the soft reboot. If that’s the case then I suspect they’ll try to hit some of the same beats as the first film. I’m not sure how I feel about that. On one hand, that might lead to a tight entertaining flick. On the other it might not bring anything new to the table. I guess I’ll have to wait and see

  • dukeblues

    One of the great things Zombie did was have a scraggly looking Myers. In reality (as much as a Halloween film can be realistic), Myers would likely not shave or cut his hair. This Myers should look the part. I mean, seriously, the Myers in H20 should have had hair down to his ass. Does anyone think he goes to a barber? He will need to scarred all to hell too.

    And if the movie jumps forward to today, lets get an older Myers to play the part

    • OmarComin’

      If you’re going to be that nitpicky, he would never be able to surprise kill anybody, cos you would smell him before you see him.

  • REC03

    yessssss im excited for this! as far as it actually getting made at least Blumhouse know what they are doing unlike Dimension who always seem to have release issues. Just give me solid charachters we care about, creepy Halloween atmosphere and a great score.

  • Sean Bradley

    I am stoked for the franchise getting resurrected in a way that respects what came before, but can Halloween really be Halloween without Donald Pleasance as Doctor Loomis? He was in many ways the cornerstone of the films.

    • Michael Singer

      Acknowledge him and his contributions, confirm that Loomis died at some point, and then perhaps bring in a new character to fill a similar role.

      That could work. DO NOT recast Loomis, that’d be lame imo.

      • Saturn

        If they were to recast Loomis then my first choice would be (although I don’t know if he has the acting chops) Neil Marshall as there is a resemblance…….

        It would probably be best not to recast to be honest.

      • plutohiller

        I don’t think they would recast Loomis. He could have easily died in the explosion at the end of 2. 4 brought him back with scars, but not really in a convincing way. Michael on the other hand is somewhat superhuman, evidenced by the end of the original and being shot (not stabbed) directly in both eyes before the explosion at the end of 2.

        • Michael Singer

          I agree. My larger point was that if this is meant to continue on from Halloween II (which Danny McBride has implied is the case), then I don’t think that recasting Loomis is a good idea. I accepted it in the Zombie films because those were full-on remakes.
          Just bring in a new character to be the “Michael hunter” for this film and explain that Loomis is dead. It shouldn’t be that hard to pull off.

  • The Dark One

    So will this technically be halloween 3 and cut off all of the sequels after 2 kinda like what alien 5 is gonna do? If that’s the case I’m pumped because I loved Halloween 1 and 2.

    • Creepshow

      Halloween’s version of Superman Returns.

      • Saturn

        Just as long as Michael doesn’t come across as a stalker…….

        No, wait…

    • oh_riginal

      Not the first time Halloween has done this.

      There are multiple timelines a fan can follow:

      1. Halloween, H2, and call it good.

      2. Halloween, H2, H4, H5, H6, and be left hanging with no resolution.

      3. Halloween, H2, H20, Halloween Resurrection (or you can, you know, keep it a trilogy and skip that last one.)

      So, if it is true that the first two will remain in canon, then we’ll get a fourth option with:

      4. Halloween, H2, Halloween Express (or whatever it will be called.)

      As Creepshow also said, Superman Returns is another example of this, or you can stick with Superman III and IV (but why would you?) Texas Chainsaw has several timelines you can choose from I believe. Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5 would have been another one, if it had been/ever gets made.

      Am I forgetting any? I have a feeling there has to be at least one more franchise out there like this… and it’s probably a horror one, since it seems to be more common in this genre.

      • The Dark One

        Yeah I knew that the Halloween series was kinda all over the place after 2 so I always saw 2 as the last one. And for movies that have multiple timelines I can’t think of any other ones but it does feel like there is one more.

        • Nicolas Caiveau

          Highlander has several timelines too :
          – Highlander 1 and 2
          – Highlander 1 and 3
          – Highlander 1, Highlander The Series, Highlander 4 and 5

  • Bmac

    Is it going to take place in the late 70s or 80s?

    Unless Michael Myers now has the powers of regeneration Jason has…I don’t see how he can come back and do anything. He was stabbed in both eyes…and was on fire when the Hospital blew up. Even if he feels no pain, how can he become mobile after losing so much skin tissue and muscle mass?

    I mean…what weird twist could they possibly come up with?

    • Christian

      Did you miss the 5 sequels that followed?

      • Jefferson D’Arcy

        Or Halloween 4 especially. Dude was in a coma for 10 years.

        • Michael Singer

          He’s always been vaguely “more than human.” Heck in H20, he was approaching middle-aged and still pulling off all of stuff.

          Also they could also just make when exactly it takes place kind of vague. Instead of giving a specific date, just says “years later” or something like that.

    • Nicolas Caiveau

      Michael always had this kind of ability. How else would he still be alive after H2 in both H4 and H20 ?? And how would he be that strong ?

  • Biscoito18

    So, Laurie will be back?
    I hope not

    • yourmomsaidso

      and I hop she is. She’s part of his story.

      • Biscoito18

        Yeah, and I adore her, but lets see another part of his story without he chasing her or another relative.

      • gabriel

        But every time I see her now, I just picture her taking a dump from all of the Activia commercials

    • Adam Clifton

      I don’t think Laurie will be back. Jamie Lee Curtis said all she needed to say with H20. Resurrection was a contract thing… I don’t think this new movie would focus on her character. Maybe Jimmy…

  • ScriptGiverrrr

    What an intentionally misleading headline. He merely mentions the mythology of the first two films. He never said expressly that it is a sequel. Clicks be needed eh BD?

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Jesus BD I just read the article you pulled from. He specifically states that McBride never said it’s a direct sequel and they are not sure what films it will negate, if any.

  • Jack Derwent

    So probably another ‘soft reboot’ like Texas Chainsaw 3D.

  • Dan

    As long as a good amount of effort is put into it, I’m down for whatever.

  • Mike Lawrence

    It’ll be interesting to see what this means and how they’ll connect it to the original movies

  • diapers

    Very good news. Your turn, F13.

  • ThunderDragoon

    GREAT NEWS. I’ve changed my tune since commenting last. I’m up for it. I just hope the time from now until next year doesn’t kill the movie.

  • Mr. Screamer

    2018?! It’s too far U_U

  • Wasn’t HALLOWEEN:RECALIBRATION supposed to also be starting where 1981’s HALLOWEEN 2 left off ? If they’re smart,maybe they can lure Jamie Lee Curtis back into the series.

    • Adam Clifton

      If they’re smart, they’ll leave Jamie Lee Curtis out of it. She’s said and done everything she needed in Halloween H20. Why would she come back to essentially play Laurie Strode AGAIN in that frame of mind at that time of her life? They can easily say that Laurie Strode was his sister and she survived the Halloween 1978 killings and is now living a normal life in another state. Michael Myers can just go after anyone else that slips a spare key under his doormat.

  • paul.7960

    As Long as Busta Rhymes doesn’t get cast I’m game for this!

    • gabriel

      or any black guy, for that matter. Haddonfield just doesn’t seem like a place where any African-American would live.

  • David Neal

    The series won’t be able to grow if it focus’s on Laurie. If it wants to find new fans it needs to move on….a successful Halloween film needs Dean Cundy back on cinematography duties imo, his visuals with Carpenter’s score will bring back the magic.

  • WOLF

    What? We don’t get to see how his parents met in high school?
    See Paramount…it’s not that hard to get an idea that gets fans excited.

    As said below….They said they are using the mythology of Part 1 and 2, and that sets up the story. It doesn’t say it’s going to take place right after Part 2. Not sure how they got the title for this article…

  • shane-o-mac

    Only thing imma say on every Halloween post is JUST GET IT DONE!!! Cuz it will probably keep getting pushed back and the fact it went from this year to next (17 to 18) disappointed the sh*t outta me

  • John Connor

    This was the pitch for every single Halloween sequel since 4.

  • John Connor

    Stop with the “we’re going back to basics” “its going to be scary again” “we’re gonna be like the first film again”. Every fucking sequel says this to every fucking movie series.

    Stop acting like all the sequels aren’t of any importance. They’re all great. Take them all into consideration and make the fucking movie.

    • DaMac

      “All great” is a big stretch but I do wish someone made a real sequel to 4 with grown up Jamie.

      • Eastman420

        Yeah i hated thst they killed her off in Curse of Michael Myers

  • c-s-a78

    so…the big question is:
    what will come out 1st?
    halloween or Friday the 13th???
    place your bets…

  • DarkBree

    So does it mean we are gonna have another timeline? But this is good news and they are fans of the original, it means they can do a good job.

    • Adam Clifton

      Rob Zombie is a fan of the original as well. Sorry to be a wet blanket but my hopes aren’t raised yet

      • Mavis Zene

        Rob Zombie did great with the first remake, though.

        • Adam Clifton

          Yes but it had nothing to do with the previous Halloweens. It’s a great movie on its own but introducing a remake into a long-running horror franchise f%#ks things up

  • Munchie

    Talk talk talk.

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  • Chris Genth

    Not excited about who is gonna direct but I guess I’ll wait and see

  • EvilHead1981

    Glad they are still going the “requel” route. Hell, I’m glad a lot more movies are going this route. Prefer this over the overdone reboot trend.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Good to know they’re not touching the ending of Zombie’s orgasmic H2 DC.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Oh rob I love your love for your own garbage.

  • Brett Lovejoy

    Oh fuck yeah. I’m in.

  • Dennis Chenier

    Anything that erases Rob Zombie’s version. As much as I appreciated Zombie for taking his own chances I was not a fan of the end result.

    • OmarComin’

      I have never even given them a chance. I haven’t watched any of them.

    • Carlton Fisher

      The thing i hate most about Zombie’s version is that he turns Michael Meyers in just another one of his messed up characters. Michael is much scarier as a typical kid who seems completely normal that suddenly just snaps and kills his sister and never comes back from that than he is as a messed up, abused, neglected, budding psychopath who most people probably could have seen coming from years before he snapped. The guy who LOOKS like a serial killer isn’t as scary as the guy who looks like your next door neighbor and turns out to have human body parts in his freezer.

  • OmarComin’

    Someone shoot me a good Halloween movie to watch that isn’t H20 or the original?

    And I don’t want to watch any of the Zombie ones.

    • Carlton Fisher

      Honestly, I thought 4 was good. It’s not classic like the original, but the cinematography in it is really solid, and it does its best to stick to the spirit of the original while advancing the story when Curtis wasn’t available. It’s before the pseudo-cultism of “Thorn” got crammed into it, and it doesn’t end on some weird cliffhanger like part 5.

    • Hack Snyder

      II is a very good slasher, I would argue it’s the only Halloween sequel that comes close to the original. I really like III: Season of the Witch but a ton of people hate it since it’s an oddball sci-fi horror movie that doesn’t have anything to do with Michael Myers. 4: The Return of Michael Myers isn’t as good as II but it’s a solid slasher that’s worth a watch. H20 is a good Scream style slasher that ignores the existence of 4, 5 and The Curse of Michael Myers. Don’t bother with the rest of the series unless you’re you like dumb schlock. 5 is bad, both cuts of The Curse of Michael Myers are bad, the Zombie movies are terrible and Resurrection is even worse than the Zombie movies.

      • Darnell

        I think part 4 is a far better movie than part 2. The problem is part 4 didn’t look like the first two movies. As a result it doesn’t hold up well in terms of appearance.

        I mean Laurie Strode didn’t even have two full minutes of speaking lines in part 2. It was very odd, on top of hospital filled babies in a maternity ward with no moms lol.

        A hospital filled with cars in the parking lot but no one inside.

        This giant hospital with one patient and a total of 10 people in it. Halloween 2 is a ridiculously bad movie. It only gets hyped because it was the last film in the franchise that looked like Carpenter’s classic.

        • Hack Snyder

          Eh, II has some very sloppy writing but the same can be said of every Halloween film except for the first one. Dean Cundey’s cinematography and John Carpenter’s score are the main reasons why I prefer II over the other sequels.

  • cuckoozey

    Picking up right after II is a great idea and may finally make me whole again after sitting in the theatre so many years ago during III and wondering where the hell Michael Myers was. Also, they need to use the casting director from Dazed And Confused.


    I thought HALLOWEEN 4 picked up after part 2 ended…….will this movie ignore part 4 events ?

    • Hafsteinn Helgason

      The events of Halloween and Halloween II all happened on 31st Oct. 1978. The events of Halloween 4 occurred on 31st. Oct. 1988, ten years after the first two.

      Note the trailer. “10 years ago a small mid-western town was held victim to an escaped killer. Under the cover of darkness, he carried the most horrifying mass murder on record. Ever since that night, no one has forgotten his name.”

      Are there continuity issues? Yes. Does it pick up where Halloween II left off? Sort of, but not entirely, given the decade long gap in the story.


        That 10 years gap was explained . myers was in a coma for 10 years so H4 is a direct sequel to H2 and if the new H reboot will continue where H2 ended then the events of H4 will be ignored.

        • Hafsteinn Helgason

          Yeah, it will be ignored, that’s a sure thing. I’d actually argue that it’s a good thing, considering the overly stretched plot clichés, the empty and almost effortless acting and the almost inherent inability to be frightening – H4 and subsequent films were failures. After H3, everything went downhill so fast that I’m amazed at how the franchise recuperated with Rob Zombie’s version, despite how bad Zombie’s version actually was.

          I think the best this franchise can hope for is starting over from H2. On the subject, Friday the 13th is probably a lost cause.

    • gabriel

      It probably will, but I hope that they somehow find a way to bring the orange sofa back from the original. Little things like that means that McBride and Green truly are fans.

  • Barry El Beardo

    If its directed by Adam Wingard then we can expect lots of loud sound effects and everyone to start raving about how good the sound design is. Roll eyes -.-

  • Darth_Siskel

    Look, I wanna eat crow. I really do. I’ll give this movie a shot but…
    The slasher genre is dead(or awaiting another renaissance).
    Michael Myers mystique has been ruined.
    And i just don’t feel like this generation would dig the subtleties that made Halloween so good.

    • Darnell

      ^This x 10000

  • azoreseuropa

    Wow. Director surely messed it up.

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