It’s been widely known for some time that the upcoming Halloween reboot will ignore the bulk of the series’ sequels, but now it’s been revealed that that will include its very first sequel as well.
Creator John Carpenter made the surprising revelation during a recent Q&A with Stereogum, in which he confirmed that the still-untitled reboot will continue continuity on the back of the 1978 original, contrary to the widely held belief that it would effectively form part three after the first two Jamie Lee Curtis-led instalments.
“[Jamie Lee Curtis] talked to the director. Her part was written into the script and they had this idea — it’s kind of a… I don’t know how to describe it,” he detailed. “It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one, and it pretends that none of the other [sequels]were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.”
The decision to continue on solely from Halloween intriguingly offers a new and potentially more humanistic angle with which to perceive the iconic killer Michael Myers, particularly since it was the events of the second movie that formed the basis of the character’s erstwhile invulnerability and shifted perception away from his being seen as merely a mortal man.
More importantly, the continuity shift will allow for a reshaping of a key part of the Halloween mythos: Michael’s blood relationship to Curtis’ Laurie Strode, an element introduced in Halloween II and that would go on to form a key component of nearly all further instalments of the series.
Directed by David Gordon Green from a script co-written with Danny McBride, the John Carpenter-produced Halloween reboot is set to arrive on October 19th next year.