On October 19th, 2018, Blumhouse Productions, Miramax Films, and Trancas International Films, will release the eleventh installment of the Halloween series. The film is being released after numerous false starts over the course of seven years.
In 2011, it was first reported that the eleventh installment of the Halloween films would be a sequel to 2009’s Halloween II, called Halloween 3D. The film’s release date was announced as October 26th, 2012, before the film even had a director or writer. Eventually, Patrick Lussier and Todd Farmer were hired as writers, however, they both dropped out due to commitments to the Hellraiser reboot. By the proposed release date, the film had made no progress and the project was shelved by Dimension Films.
Three years later, in February 2015, Dimension announced plans for another shot at the series’ eleventh installment. This time, the film was to be titled Halloween Returns, and would be written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. It was supposed to be a standalone addition to the series, rather than a sequel to one of Rob Zombie’s films like the failed Halloween 3D. Unfortunately, it was reported in October 2015 that the production of the film had been postponed, and by December 2015, Dimension Films had lost the rights of the Halloween franchise after the film never went into production on schedule.
Finally, on May 23rd, 2016, it was announced that Trancas International Films had teamed up with Blumhouse Productions and Miramax Films to bring the newest Halloween installment to fruition. The same day, it was reported that John Carpenter, the creator of the Halloween franchise, would return to the series as executive producer. The film would be titled Halloween, like the first installment. In November 2016, Carpenter revealed that the script had not yet been written.
By February 2017, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride were announced as the new writers, and the film’s release date was officially announced for October 2018. That same month, it was reported that the new film would not be a reboot, but instead a sequel that takes place directly after the events of 1978’s Halloween and 1981’s Halloween II. In May 2017, the first piece of promotional art for the film appeared at the 2017 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. By September of the same year, diehard fans of the franchise were ecstatic when Blumhouse Productions announced that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning in the newest Halloween installment as Laurie Strode. The following month, Judy Greer was cast in the film as Karen Strode; the daughter of Curtis’ character. Also, Carpenter noted that despite reports that the film would take place after 1981’s Halloween II, the film would actually take place after 1978’s Halloween, meaning that the events of the film would disregard all aspects of the storyline after the first film. Instead, according to McBride, the film would be as if the first one ended in a different way. He also revealed that with the film they were “trying to mine that dread… and not just go for gore.” In an interview with Billboard, Carpenter added that he had signed on to score the film as he did the original. Later, on December 20, 2017, Nick Castle, the original Michael Myers from the 1978 film, announced that he would be returning to play Myers once again.
Principal photography commenced on January 13, 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. That same day, it was announced that Virginia Gardner, Miles Robbins, Dylan Arnold, Drew Scheid, and Andi Matichak had all been added to the cast. In April, the first promotional poster was released, portraying Michael Myers’ appearance in the film. Upon the poster’s reveal, fans noticed that Myers only had one eye in the photo, a very specific continuity detail, since Laurie stabbed Michael in the left eye using a coat hanger near the end of the original Halloween. The same day, Curtis disclosed in an interview with Yahoo that she had seen the film’s trailer. She stated, “I’ve seen the trailer and I’ve seen some footage, and it’s terrifying. They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I’ve never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this.” A week later, footage of the film was shown for the first time during a private presentation at CinemaCon. It was met with rave reviews. One witness commented that that film disregards the plot point of the 1981 sequel that Michael and Laurie are siblings. He also referenced a gruesome scene from the film:
That same day, Castle answered fans on when the trailer would be released online. According to him, “Not for another month or two,” but the next day, he made a clarification, stating, “They might fast track it based on positive response.” So what’s the latest? Yesterday, Trick or Treat Studios announced that fans could pre-order an exact replica of the latest film’s Michael Myers mask. The replica is $59.99 and will be revealed on July 23rd, 2018, while shipments are expected to arrive in September.
Check back soon for more updates regarding 2018’s Halloween!