San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H will soon see its fair share of horror, as both Glass and Halloween 2018 will have panels at the venue next month. Glass and Halloween are among the most highly-anticipated sequels in Hollywood right now, and it will no doubt be interesting to see what type of reveals will be made at their respective panels. Glass is a sequel to M. Night Syamalan’s Unbreakable, while Halloween is the next film in the Halloween franchise (and a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original 1978 film).
Both films have deep ties to SDCC, so it’s fitting that they will each be making an appearance at the convention before they release later this year and early next year. Halloween’s lead Jamie Lee Curtis regularly attended SDCC for her FOX series Scream Queens, while Glass director M. Night Shyamalan screened his film, The Visit, in 2015. Plus, Halloween's titular villain is an iconic pop culture character going back 40 years.
Deadline reports that Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures will host Hall H panels for both Glass and Halloween at San Diego Comic-Con next month. While Shyamalan has used the convention to debut his films before, attendees shouldn't expect the filmmaker to do so again with Glass this time around.
Glass follows the events of Shyamalan’s 2016 thriller, Split. The film stars Bruce Willis’ character from Unbreakable, David Dunn, who is on a mission to track down James McAvoy’s The Beast. Samuel L. Jackson’s antagonist from Unbreakable, Elijah Prince aka Mr. Glass, will also return in the new film. With characters from both Split and Unbreakable making appearances in the film, Glass represents a unique Hollywood project. Since both of those films were produced by different studios, Universal and Disney have partnered to bring the sequel to life on the big screen.
Halloween, meanwhile, was a different beast altogether. David Gordon Green’s latest installment of the Halloween franchise revives a series many fans thought was over and done with. The film will also bring back one of horror’s most iconic final girls: Jamie Lee Curits’ Laurie Strode, as she faces off against Michael Myers one last time. Halloween will ignore some of the franchise’s previous sequels, removing the plotline of Michael Meyers and Laurie being siblings in order to keep the air of mystery that surrounded the figure of Meyers in the original film. Fans of Carpenter’s original film can also expect to see some of the director’s influence in this latest installment. Halloween screenwriters Green and Danny McBride consulted with Carpenter on their script and followed Carpenter’s direction to make the horror in their film “relentless.”
Although neither Glass nor Halloween 2018 are of the typical superhero, fantasy, or sci-fi genres that usually fill SDCC, convention-goers are sure to be excited over the announcement that both titles will have panels. The news is especially exciting after HBO revealed last week that it would be leaving this year’s Hall H empty this year, with neither Game of Thrones nor Westworld showing up with their own panels next month. Fortunately, Universal and Blumhouse swooped in to save the day and will be providing their own panels for convention-goers to enjoy.
- Glass (2019) release date: Jan 18, 2019
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018