Halloween is a 2018 American slasher horror feature film directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay co-written with actor Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant). Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, Judy Greer plays Karen Strode and Andi Matichak plays her daughter, Allyson.
According to writer Danny McBride, the new film is a “reimagining” of the slasher horror film series that began in 1978 and which has generated a total of nearly $400 million in worldwide box office. Jason Blum is producing with John Carpenter as an executive producer and scoring the movie too.
On June 6, 2018, Entertainment Weekly posted an interview with David Gordon Green and Danny McBride in which they reveal that they initially planned to shoot two movies back-to-back:
“We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back. Then we were like, Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like. So, we were like, Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it.”
On June 6, 2018, USA Today revealed the first official images from the latest Halloween, plus more plot details.
A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac’s night of terror – “Someone has to bring a modern audience into a forty-year old movie,” Jamie Lee Curtis says – but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way.
In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter’s life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael’s inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).
“We’re being very honest and truthful about that, how it would affect the upbringing of her daughter, who has a lot of conflicts because of her mother’s obsession with this incident, and her granddaughter, who’s trying to connect” with Laurie, David Gordon Green says.
FX are being handled by Christopher Nelson (Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Sin City, Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2). Read an interview by John Squires for Bloody Disgusting
On 15 September 2017, John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis announced on social media that the latter is returning to fictional Haddonfield to appear in the 2018 reboot.
On 9th February 2017, it was announced that the film – which had been expected this year – is now scheduled for release on October 19, 2018. David Gordon Green is directed from a screenplay he is co-writing with actor Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant) who is best known for comedy roles.
In an interview in CinemaBlend, McBride reassured horror fans that he and Green aren’t planning a comedy version of Halloween, saying:
“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.”
McBride also suggested that the film would be a continuation of the events of Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981):
“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.”
Commenting on his Facebook page, John Carpenter said:
“David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.”
On 25th May 2016, Bloody Disgusting posted the news that two genre-friendly directors – Mike Flanagan (Absentia; Hush; Oculus; Ouija 2) and Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die; You’re Next; The Guest; The Woods) – were apparently in the offing for the taking on the directorial chores.
When originally announcing the reboot to the press, executive producer John Carpenter said: “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween I’m going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all.”
Jason Blum added: “Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”
Cast and characters:
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
- Judy Greer as Karen Strode
- Andi Matichak as Allyson Strode
- Will Patton as Hawkins
- Virginia Gardner as Vicky
- James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle as Michael Myers / The Shape
- Miles Robbins as Dave
- Dylan Arnold as Cameron
- Drew Scheid as Oscar
- Omar J. Dorsey as Sheriff Barker
- Rob Niter as Deputy Sheriff Walker
- Toby Huss as Ray
- Jefferson Hall as Martin
- Rhian Rees as Dana Hades
- Jibrail Nantambu as Julian