Before Jason, Freddy, Chucky, or Pinhead there was Michael Myers, the Shape who stalked a young Jamie Lee Curtis in John Carpenter‘s babysitter murders slasher film Halloween. The indie production was such a success that it launched a franchise that has spanned over 40 years. After seven sequels, Rob Zombie remade the film and created his own. Now, David Gordon Green is currently on set filming his own follow-up, one that continues after the events of Carpenter’s Halloween. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Carpenter reveals that he has yet to see all of the sequels…
“You know, you know I talked about the Halloweens for a long time, the sequels — I haven’t even seen all of them.
“I don’t even know what really was there — but finally, it occurred to me: Well if I’m just flapping my gums here, talking about it, why don’t I try to make it as good as I can? I could offer advice. I could talk to the director. I like the director very much. I like the script. So, you know, stop throwing rocks from the sidelines and get in there and try to do something positive.”
The latter portion of the quote is important because Carpenter has a long history of taking a credit and payday to endorse a studio’s remake. With this coming Halloween, Carpenter is an active executive producer, and from the sound of it a happy one. While I trust in Gordon Green, knowing Carpenter is an enthusiastic voice in the room settles any nerves I may have had leading up to the release.
Carpenter is also said to be scoring the film, and while that’s been confirmed, he’s yet to sign any contracts…
“I think so,” said Carpenter when asked if he’s scoring the film. “You know, I haven’t signed a contract yet, but I believe I am. I believe I am. I will let you guys know if I don’t do it, if they f— me over.”
He continues talking about how he won’t score it until he sees the film: “Well, you see, as a composer, you have to wait until the director has his cut done, and sit down with him and do a spotting session. I gotta find out what kind of music he wants. Does he want all new? Does he want to refurbish some of the older stuff? Does he want a combination? You know, what does he want? It’s his movie now. I’m just the little worker bee helping.”
As Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported, Nick Castle will return to the role of Michael Myers, while stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney has also been cast to play The Shape.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back as Laurie Strode in this year’s Halloween, which will take place after the original classic and disregard *all* of the sequels. Judy Greer has been cast to play Karen Strode, Laurie’s daughter, while Andi Matichak recently landed the coveted role of the film’s young lead (daughter to Greer and granddaughter to Curtis).
The cast also includes Virginia “Ginny” Gardner (Project Almanac, Marvel’s “Runaways”), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle, My Friend Dahmer), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound, Laggies, When We Rise), and Drew Scheid (“Stranger Things”, The War with Grandpa). They will be playing the friends of Matichak’s Allyson.
Will Patton has been cast to play a cop. Rob Niter will play a member of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. Rhian Rees is playing a character named Dana.
In Halloween, co-written by Danny McBride, “Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”
Michael returns home on October 19, 2018.
[Article edited 2/2/18 @ 5:34pm: fixed “scoring” typo]