Nothing can stop Michael Myers… but a pandemic can slow him down.
While it’s certainly frustrating to have so many films get their release dates pushed and pushed, it’s still exciting to know that there are plenty of big releases on the horizon. Among them, horror sequel HALLOWEEN KILLS, which was supposed to be released on October 15 this year. Well, unfortunately, the film has now been pushed back a year to October 14, 2021. It’s a big delay, but there is a bit of a silver lining as Universal is also giving it an IMAX release.
“If we release it in October this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience,” director David Gordon Green (who directed 2018’s Halloween) and franchise co-creator John Carpenter explained in a letter to fans, which you can read in full beneath the footage below. “After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.”
As the footage teases, the sequel will follow on directly from the 2018 film and will find Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her family again being tormented by The Shape. “Let it burn!”
John Carpenter and David Gordon Green’s letter to fans:
We write this to you heartbroken over the fact that the delay of our film is even a discussion, but if there’s one thing a career in the film industry has prepared us for, it’s the unexpected. Over the past few weeks, our film family has looked at the forecast of theatrical exhibition with obvious concern. We have discussed and struggled with how best to present “Halloween Kills” to the loyal fans around the world, as well as the new audience we hope to invite to this experience.
It was a wild and vibrant production. We lined up a cast of legacy characters like Laurie and Tommy, Lindsey, Lonnie, Marion, Brackett and The Shape, then alongside some new faces, we aggressively made the second chapter of our “Halloween” trilogy. It unfolded into an experience that was a creative playground and we feel confident that our misfit pleasures will be seen as an unexpected entry into this franchise.
If we release it in October this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.
On top of a traditional release, Universal has agreed to an IMAX presentation of the film in October 2021. We are sound mixing with one of the greatest design teams that can slash, scream and creep their way under your skin. We’re going to have time to complete the film with the quality that fans deserve. And preparation on “Halloween Ends” has begun as well.
It is an honor to be working with these characters and spending time in Haddonfield. We look forward to sharing our next chapters with you.
David Gordon Green and John Carpenter