The first trailer has been unveiled for Halloween, which brings back knife-wielding serial killer Michael Myers and Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode.
This long-awaited slasher follow-up picks up years after the first film, rightly ignoring the many films we’ve gotten since the 1978 classic. Michael’s been in a psychiatric prison since, and now… you would never guess it: Michael escapes!
Set up at Blumhouse Productions, this new Halloween film certainly has a lot going for it. Directing is David Gordon Green, who’s showed off skill in various types of films with pictures including Pineapple Express, Joe and last year’s Jake Gyllenhaal-starring Boston bombing drama Stronger. Plus, he’s also directed much of Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals. Those series outings showcased a strong working relationship with Danny McBride, and so, interestingly, McBride is co-writer and executive producer here. Also on the team is the franchise creator, the man himself, John Carpenter, on board as executive producer and music composer.
So far, so good. It looks like a well crafted sequel, with some slick direction, a nice supporting cast, and a smart idea to put the focus back on the relationship (if you can call it that) between Michael and Laurie. We’re waiting for this one with fingers firmly crossed.
Halloween, also starring Judy Greer, Will Patton, Nick Castle, Andi Matichak, and Omar J. Dorsey, arrives in Australia on October 18 and opens in the US on October 19.
Here’s Universal’s official rundown for Halloween:
Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s Halloween on Thursday, October 18, 2018.
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 also be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.
Halloween will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.