Blumhouse's Halloween (aka. Halloween 2018) is reportedly undergoing additional photography or "reshoots" in the wake of its first test screenings. The film is a direct sequel to John Carpenter's original 1978 slasher classic that ignores the events of every Halloween movie released since then. Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis is reprising her iconic role as Laurie Strode in the movie, with Judy Greer (Ant-Man) and Andi Matichak (Orange is the New Black) costarring as Laurie's daughter and granddaughter, respectively.
Danny McBride, who cowrote the film with director David Gordon Green, has said Halloween 2018 will tip its hat to other sequels in the franchise. The Halloween footage shown at CinemaCon last month confirmed as much, revealing the events of Halloween sequels past will be treated in the film as myths and urban legends that have sprung up since Michael Myers' infamous murder spree, forty years ago. Blumhouse is expected to release the first Halloween trailer footage in the near future, but it sounds like the movie will be undergoing some post-production revisions before then.
According to Bloody Disgusting, Green is gearing up for additional photography on Halloween following a recent test screening for the film. BD's sources report the main goal is to tweak the movie's "finale" (read: ending) with these reshoots, presumably in response to audience reactions to the early cut. However, beyond that, it doesn't sound like Green will be making too many major changes to the rough cut of the film.
Additional photography and reshoots are common practice nowadays for everything from big-budget tentpoles to lower cost filmmaker-driven fare, so it's not surprising that Halloween is rolling camera again in post-production. Changing endings is nothing out of the ordinary for Blumhouse films either; the studio retooled the conclusions to Get Out and Happy Death Day just last year alone. Both of those movies were arguably improved by their revised finales, so that bodes well for whatever changes Halloween's conclusion is going through now.
Meanwhile, Blumhouse has yet to set a firm release date for the first Halloween trailer. It's possible the trailer will arrive in theaters with next month's horror film Hereditary, but Universal and Blumhouse may hold off on releasing it until The First Purge hits theaters over the Fourth of July frame. The movie is still more than five months out, so the studios would be fine waiting until Green is done with additional photography, to ensure they're putting their best foot forward.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018