While the new upcoming Halloween revival promises the final showdown between scream queen Laurie Strode and masked killer Michael Myers, originally there was going to be two installments of the night he came home.
When writers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride approached Blumhouse Productions with their pitch for the slasher franchise, it was originally envisioned as two separate films to be made one right after the other.
"We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back," revealed McBride in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "Then we were like, 'Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like.'"
The first trailer for the newest installment of Halloween was released on Friday with a striking back-to-the-basics approach emphasizing suspense and tension over graphic violence. The upcoming revival ignores the events of all the sequels and reboots to the franchise leaving only the classic 1978 original film as canon. In the follow-up, Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode prepares for the inevitable return of Michael Myers when the iconic slasher escapes custody forty years after his infamous killing spree. While the new film's release is still four months away, McBride hopes his planned sequel will move forward.
"We were like, 'Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t.'" explained McBride. "But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it."
Debuting on October 19, the latest Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script written with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley. It stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak with Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney sharing the role of masked killer Michael Myers. The film is executive produced and scored by original filmmaker John Carpenter.