John Carpenter Confirms ‘Halloween’ 2018 Ignores All Sequels

As we predicted, the highly anticipated new Halloween movie, to be executive produced by John Carpenter and arriving in theaters in October 2018, will ignore everything that happened in all of the franchise films after the original 1978 classic, according to recent statements from Carpenter himself.

In a new interview, John Carpenter tells Stereogum, “I may do the music for the new Halloween movie. That would be pretty easy to do… I’d like to do it. I’ve worked with them a little bit on the script. I’m just around to be a cheerleader for everybody.”

When asked about getting Jamie Lee Curtis back in the role of Laurie Strode, Carpenter says, “She 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. 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.”

I tweeted a few weeks ago that I think the new film will ignore everything after Part 1. Laurie is the new Loomis, claiming for 40 years He’s coming back. Then He does.

Judy Greer is currently in talks to play Karen Strode, who is Laurie Strode’s daughter in the new film.

As we recently reported, Halloween 2018 will begin filming at the end of October in Charleston, South Carolina.

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.

HALLOWEEN will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the HALLOWEEN series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

HALLOWEEN will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.

David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express) will direct the new Halloween from a screenplay by he and Danny McBride (Alien: CovenantEastbound & Down, Vice Principals).

John Carpenter will executive produce and may also score the film, with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for Miramax, which is co-financing with Blumhouse.

You can read everything we know so far about Halloween 2018 here.

As I’m sure you are well aware, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of John Carpenter’s original 1978 Halloween. It is also worth noting that the film’s release date also happens to be Michael Myers’ birthday (in 1957), according to the original franchise canon.

The new Halloween arrives in theaters on October 19, 2018.

Keep watching this site for updates on the return of Michael Myers and all the latest news on the next Halloween movie!

Read all of our HALLOWEEN 2018 coverage here!

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  • Elijah Luthor

    Now that we have confirmation from John Carpenter himself where this new story is going, I am now warming up to it. In his own words, Carpenter states that how the story is written “It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other sequels were made.” Understanding the overall theme and intention, Carpenter and the new film-makers are going to make a sequel in which it has been forty years since Laurie Strode was attacked by a masked assailant in the Doyle residence. Therefore, the rest of the evening’s events on October 31, 1978 throughout Haddonfield, Illinois and finally at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital will not have taken place, or at the least will not be recognized as having happened. This also means that Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode will more and likely not be revealed as being the younger biological sister to Michael Aubrey Myers (yes, “Aubrey” and NOT “Audrey”). Since this is the direction this new installment is going, Laurie will no longer be viewed as the quintessential survivor of ‘the 1978 October Mass Murders.’ This new film is basically what it would be like to watch a HALLOWEEN sequel after the original film revealing that “the final girl” has no familial relationship with the assailant. People in social media are commenting that this is the kind of sequel John Carpenter would have preferred if he hadn’t included the sibling relationship in 1981’s HALLOWEEN II. I say we give them this one and decide if we can still have our true HALLOWEEN 9 after viewing this newest entry. If “HALLOWEEN: Forty Years Later,” as I am calling it, shows we the audience what life for Laurie Strode would be like in an alternate timeline or “alternate reality” immediately after her 1978 experience, perhaps we can still weave what we want in an H9 and think of this installment as “‘what if’ minus the original sequels.” So, unless we are given more clues, official statements, and or behind-the-scenes intel, let us all soak in the possibilities in the meantime and enjoy this ‘alternate HALLOWEEN anthology.’ We still have hope for our HALLOWEEN 9 later on, hopefully with popular demand and fan outcry, wherein Laurie Strode truly is the mother of two children: Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris) and John Tate (Josh Hartnett). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9b3b0aacf7100c98e9e0109d0ecbf3cd25c7c19c1ddf4ae63343a3e291633cab.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9873b9f7c3dc403e0456abf3c8fb269b39448744633dc7c4e97f4d9e48c52c55.jpg

  • Elijah Luthor

    Also, on September 15th, Jamie Lee Curtis posted this on her Twitter and Facebook profiles: “Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.” Because of what she said and the fact that the teaser poster for the new HALLOWEEN film is on the exact same front porch of the Doyle residence in the first film, I think that she is telling us something. I deduce and forecast that in the newest film that we might see both Tommy Doyle and Lindsey Wallace all grown up, to be returned by their original actors: Brian Andrews and Kyle Richards, respectively. I wouldn’t be surprised if any upcoming casting revelations include them which would be so neat. We the audience must be reminded that in the HALLOWEEN series, there are many survivors. Tommy: Nobody believes me. Lindsey: I believe you, Tommy. 😉

    • That exchange between Tommy and Lindsey is one of my favorite parts of the film. I would love to see Brian and Kyle reprise their roles, even if its only short cameos.

      • Elijah Luthor

        I agree with you. I think it would be great and also make sense to see them again in this newest film because like Laurie, they were material witnesses and survivors. Maybe we’ll hear something about it soon from sources and then you can report on it. Casting news should come before actual filming begins, we can assume.

  • Elijah Luthor

    I have another matter I wish to share. Gentlemen and Gentle Ladies, the HALLOWEEN motion picture saga is not to be viewed with one filmed produced after another. What I mean is that with all of the films in existence in this franchise, they should be viewed as making up their own anthologies. For example, the films H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8, H(I), and H(II) are not of the same timeline or saga. Rob Zombie’s re-make installments are their own anthology. 1982’s “HALLOWEEN III: Season of the Witch” is its own stand-alone film. It actually should be re-named to “HALLOWEEN: CONSPIRACY” or “HALLOWEEN: Season of the Witch” and not be entitled “HALLOWEEN III” at all. Continuing; because H7 (HALLOWEEN H20: Twenty Years Later) ignores parts H4, H5, and H6, that timeline can be viewed as H1, H2, H7, and H8. But, most of we fans desperately want and even demand a HALLOWEEN 9 so that means that our accepted timeline as of present is H1, H2, H4, H5, H6, H7, and H8 which I totally concur. I believe that in order to repair ‘the original HALLOWEEN motion picture saga’ that one prequel and two more sequels are required to end the series once and for all. Many people whom have read my comments over the years know how I think and should understand why my vision is necessary to bring us the H9 we want so much as well as put all matters to rest. This means that a corrected HALLOWEEN timeline would have the prequel taking place before the original HALLOWEEN classic, which we all know as H1. But, with a prequel, such a film would then become H1, the original 1978 film becomes H2, and its 1981 sequel becomes H3. Following we still have H4 and so on as normal. A repaired and overall story arc as it needs to be would be H1, H2, H3, H4, H5, H6, H7, H8, H9, and H10. There! Hopefully the 2018 installment earns great profits at the box office so the series runners can have funding for the sort of sequel and HALLOWEEN film WE WANT AND DEMAND FINALLY! We need to put the pressure on them. We just can’t have too many issues in the original story-line remaining unsolved and unresolved.

    • It’s like ‘Hallloween’ is horror’s own “Choose Your Own Adventure” franchise when it comes to the multiple timelines.

      • Elijah Luthor

        Ha ha ha! That is a hilarious way of seeing it. I like your wit. Very Lynda-ish or Tina-ish. I mean that as no offense in case you are a male writer. 😉 Thank you for your responses. It is so nice to exchange thoughts and words with commentators in a positive and civil way. It elates me most assuredly.

John Carpenter Confirms ‘Halloween’ 2018 Ignores All Sequels