Halloween 2018 producer Jason Blum has seen the first cut of the movie and sounds excited for fans to see it. The Halloween series has something of a twisted timeline, with various sequels either retconning or flat out ignoring the events of previous movies. The last entry in the franchise was Rob Zombie's Halloween II, a movie that some love for the way it breaks away from the regular sequel formula, but received mixed reviews upon release.
Fans are really excited for the new movie, which is being produced by Blumhouse. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as the original final girl Laurie Strode, who has to protect her family when Michael reappears 40 years after his original rampage. Also returning is series creator John Carpenter – who will exec produce and compose the score – and original Myers performer Nick Castle will make a cameo. Castle's role in the film was recently clarified; actor James Jude Courtney will portray Michael for the majority of the film, while Castle plays the role for a couple of scenes.
Production on the new Halloween wrapped in February under the direction of David Gordon Green, and producer Jason Blum revealed to Digital Spy that he just got to see an early cut of the movie; in short, he's super excited:
I feel really good about it, I saw a cut of it two nights ago. I think David did a terrific job. He did everything I hoped he would do which is respect the DNA of the franchise and bring something totally new to it and we're really very very excited for people to see it.
Blum himself is a big fan of the series, and he got to geek out on set with both Curtis and Carpenter:
The most fun I had with [Carpenter] is I brought him to the set, and I was on the set with him and Jamie Lee Curtis, and boy that was pretty special, pretty amazing. It was a proper reunion.
The new Halloween will wipe the slate clean, and ignore every other movie in the series besides the original. This is a necessary evil at this stage in the long-running series, since trying to tie the various continuities together would be next to impossible – as would the return of Laurie Strode, who previously died in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection. While the movie will only acknowledge the original, co-writer Danny McBride recently confirmed it will contain easter eggs and nods to the previous Halloween sequels too.
Blum's praise for Halloween 2018 will only excite fans even more, so hopefully, the movie will live up to the hype. It's been a long time since the franchise produced a genuinely great sequel, but with the talent involved in the new production, it could very well prove to be the best Halloween since the original.
Source: Digital Spy
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018