A casting call confirms that Halloween (2018) starts filming this month in Charleston, South Carolina. Shooting had been set to start on the Halloween reboot in October but the production was pushed back. David Gordon Green will direct, from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. John Carpenter directed the original 1978 film, which became a classic of the horror genre. The film spawned seven sequels and a Rob Zombie remake that itself got a sequel. Universal and super-successful horror house Blumhouse Pictures are producing.
Halloween (2018) will reboot the venerable horror franchise by ignoring every movie in the series except the John Carpenter original. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie, the babysitter menaced by masked killer Michael Myers. Original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle returns to reprise the iconic horror role. John Carpenter has given the reboot his blessing and will lend his musical talents by composing a new score.
After production delays, Omega Underground reports on a casting call that confirms Halloween 2018 will get underway in mid-January. Charleston, South Carolina remains the film's location. The casting call seeks extras of both genders and all ethnicities to play high school students.
Plot details are still unknown, but the casting of high school students perhaps sheds light on the film's angle. The original Halloween of course centered on teenagers in mortal danger, setting the template for most future slasher movies. It seems the reboot will again feature Michael Myers hunting high school kids. Family will also play into the story, with Judy Greer playing the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode. Orange is the New Black actress Andi Matichak recently joined the cast as Greer's own daughter, a character who will no doubt find herself squarely in Michael Myers' sights. Of course, in Halloween II we learned that Laurie and Michael Myers were themselves siblings. But as the reboot means to ignore the sequels, that family connection may go out the window.
Overall, Halloween (2018) masterminds David Gordon Green and Danny McBride mostly seem intent on rescuing Halloween from decades of bad ideas. McBride recently explained that, unlike a lot of modern horror movies, the film won't lean on gore. Instead, the movie will get back to the suspenseful approach used by Carpenter in the original. Audiences seem interested in what Green and McBride are planning, as a recent Fandango poll named the film the second-most anticipated horror movie of 2018. Another Fandango poll named Michael Myers one of the five most anticipated villains.
Source: Omega Underground
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018