John Carpenter is officially returning to compose the scores for Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. David Gordon Green's Halloween retconned every Halloween sequel to date and instead took place after the original from 1979. Halloween saw massive success at the box office, so a sequel was inevitable. Just last month, Blumhouse announced two Halloween sequels that will be released in 2020 and 2021.
After Carpenter produced and co-composed Halloween III: Season of the Witch, he has been very hands-off with the Halloween franchise. Carpenter has even gone as far as admitting that he hasn't even seen all of the Halloween sequels. Green's Halloween was special since it brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and even Nick Castle as the Shape, but Carpenter was also heavily involved with the sequel. Carpenter hasn't directed any films since 2010, but he has continued to compose music such as the 2015 album The Lost Themes and The Lost Themes II in 2016. Carpenter returned to composing music for films last year for Halloween and now he looks to be coming back to the franchise once again.
When talking with Comicbook, Carpenter confirmed that he will be scoring Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. When talking about his experience with last year's film, Carpenter said, "I loved it, It was a lot of fun. And I'll do the score, do a new score. That's always fun." When asking Carpenter to confirm his return for the sequels, Carpenter responded, "I'm on board. Let's go."
Despite the two Halloween sequels having release dates and titles, there aren't a lot of concrete details surrounding either film. Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are all expected to return and it looks like Scott Teems may be writing the screenplay for Halloween Kills. Halloween Kills is expected to start filming this fall and given the release dates for both films, it looks like the movies will be shot back to back.
Last year, Carpenter expressed interest in directing more films, but for many, his work as a composer is just as impressive as his filmography. There aren't any concrete plans for Carpenter to direct a new film, but given his passion for composing, it's possible he could continue making scores for Halloween sequels for years to come if he agrees with the direction the franchise is going. Given the track record of the franchise, it's possible Halloween might not actually end with Halloween Ends, but at least fans can look forward to hearing Carpenter's work for at least two more films.