Ever since it was announced in September, the new Halloween movie's timeline has been a source of discussion and debate, so who better than John Carpenter himself to shed some light on the matter?
Speaking with Stereo Gum (in an interview reported on by Bloody Disgusting), Carpenter had this to say about the timeline of the new Halloween movie, which is expected to begin filming in Charleston, South Carolina this November:
"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 statement goes in line with the official press release from Universal (see below) that mentions that "David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film."
There has been speculation that 1981's Halloween II could still be considered canon in the new timeline since the events of the first sequel take place on the same Halloween night in Carpenter's 1978 film, but the Master of Horror's recent comments seem to indicate that the second film may also be excluded from the new story angle taken by Green and McBride.
Carpenter, who goes on tour soon to perform music from his new album, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974–1998, also expressed interest in scoring the new Halloween movie:
"Sure. 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."
Slated for an October 19th, 2018 release, the new Halloween movie will feature the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who will have her "final confrontation with Michael Myers." Judy Greer is also in talks to play Laurie's daughter, Karen, in the new film (if the sequels are in a separate timeline from the new movie, it's likely that Laurie's daughter, Jamie, and son, John, won't factor into the new story).
Check here to read Stereo Gum's full interview with Carpenter, and read on for additional details on the new Halloween movie in the previous press release. We'll keep you updated on further details as more info is revealed on The Shape's return to the big screen.
"Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s HALLOWEEN on Friday, October 19, 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 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."