The upcoming Halloween movie is humming along with David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) set to write and direct the upcoming reboot. Except it turns out that the “reboot” isn’t so much a “reboot” as it is a return to the original canon. Blumhouse, which is producing the film, announced today that Jamie Lee Curtis will return to reprise her role as Michael Myers’ sister, Laurie Strode, the original heroine of Halloween and Halloween II:
The character later returned in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and was then seemingly killed off in Halloween: Resurrection. The series then rebooted with Rob Zombie at the helm and Scout Taylor-Compton taking over the role of Laurie in Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II.
For her part, Curtis says that this will be her last time heading to Haddonfield, the setting of the original Halloween. How her character factors in and how she survived Halloween: Resurrection have yet to be explained.
However she comes back into the picture, this is incredibly exciting news. I was already interested in this film with Green directing and co-writing the script with Danny McBride plus John Carpenter serving as a creative consultant and executive producer. But once you factor in the return of Curtis, this becomes a really intriguing project. It turns Halloween into something more epic and personal rather than “Here’s Michael Myers again. He’s gonna kill some more people.”
I’m very curious to see where Green takes the franchise and how he’s going to tie it all back to the earlier movies. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Halloween ends up being a “legacyquel” where Laurie Strode ends up passing the series over to a new lead character.
Halloween opens October 19, 2018.
Here’s the boilerplate via Universal:
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who 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.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.