Jamie Lee Curtis is set to reprise her iconic role of Laurie Strode in next year's Halloween sequel. The godfather of the slasher genre, John Carpenter's original 1978 classic Halloween not only introduced a template for the faceless slasher killer in Michael Myers, it also introduced a model for all future scream queens in Curtis' resourceful yet frightened Laurie. Curtis would return for 1981 sequel Halloween II, in which the infamous reveal that Laurie was actually Michael's sister occurred.
Following Halloween II, Curtis moved on to other projects, and wouldn't return to the franchise until 1998's Halloween H20. Laurie Strode was finally killed off - seemingly for good - in the opening scenes of 2002's generally-disliked Halloween: Resurrection, a film which later featured Busta Rhymes spin-kicking Myers. Laurie had actually casually been killed off prior to that in 1988's Halloween 4, which centered on her orphaned daughter Jamie. H20 ignored films 3-6, so Laurie was resurrected. The Halloween franchise continuity is nothing if not confusing.
For those wondering how Curtis can return as Laurie in next year's David Gordon Green-directed sequel after being killed off in Resurrection, the answer is that the series continuity is being folded inward yet again, with the Green/Danny McBride scripted film set to ignore everything after Halloween II. Along with Blumhouse Productions' announcement of Curtis' return came confirmation that the sequel's release date is still October 19, 2018, contrary to a report earlier this week that said the release was being moved to October 31.
While Curtis' return as Laurie can be explained away by the fact that the new Halloween sequel is a follow-up to Halloween II, less easy to explain is how Michael himself can return after having his eyes shot out and being blown up by Dr. Loomis at the end of that film. The Myers of the later sequels was supernaturally indestructible, but co-writer McBride has said that the Myers will go back to being a human killer in this new film, albeit one who somehow survived six gunshots at the end of the original Halloween. It will be interesting how he and Green manage to write themselves out of that corner.
As for aforementioned Myers nemesis Loomis, one assumes that he will have died in the explosion, as actor Donald Pleasance has long-since passed away, and a re-casting of the role seems unlikely. Malcolm McDowell played Loomis in the Rob Zombie-directed Halloween films from 2007 and 2009, but his characterization of Loomis was quite different than the one played by Pleasance.
Source: Blumhouse Productions
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018