UnNews:Halloween 2018 sequel picks up after 1978 original

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

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HADDONFIELD, Illinois -- In a recent interview with Stereogum, John Carpenter has made clear where next year's Halloween reboot/sequel fits into the franchise's ever-changing canon.

"[Director/co-writer David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride] had this idea — it’s kind of a… I don’t know how to describe it. 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."

This means that next year's film will act as if only the original Halloween (1978) and Halloween 2018 are the only ones that exist. All other films (Halloween II to... Rob Zombie's Halloween II) will be removed from canon. Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later already removed Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (either cut) from canon. You with me so far?

Removing Halloween II from canon also erases that Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, returning from 2002's horrible Halloween: Resurrection) are siblings. This means that anybody can be The Shape's main target, as was the case in the original. A welcome return to the original (*imitating the late Moustapha Akkad's Middle Eastern accent*) "Babysitters to be killed by dee boogeyman" concept.

Carpenter also confirmed in a Billboard interview that "it looks clear to me that I've made a deal to do the music." When asked whether he'll recycle the old themes (which the sequels did in abundance) or create a brand new score, Carpenter replied:

“There are many options. I'll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I'll have to see the movie to see what it requires.”

~ John Carpenter on Halloween 2018 score

The 40th anniversary sequel (which is not a half-assed retread of the wonderful H20), will be released by Blumhouse and Universal on October 19, 2018.