Filmed in Charleston, South Carolina.
More story details were revealed in a recent interview with Jamie Lee Curtis, saying: "A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac’s night of terror, but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way. In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter’s life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael’s inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak)."(6/5/18)
Effects artist Christopher Nelson revealed recently that Michael will be wearing a very aged mask in this film. In fact, since the story is a sequel to the original the mask will look as if it has aged 40 years. Here's what he had to say about it: "The film takes place 40 years later, so you’re not going to have that same mask, it’s not going to be this pristine, beautiful thing that it was in 1978. You have to approach it from that standpoint. I had 40-year-old masks that I studied and looked at how they broke down, how they wrinkled, how they did this and how they did that. I also took into account the context of the film. Where is the mask now and where has it been for these 40 years? Without revealing anything, I took that into context. I had hundreds of photos and books." Adding... "I mostly really wanted to capture that feeling you got when you saw Michael Myers. I was also talking to David about how we were going to shoot it, and being very careful about it, very strategic about it, looking back at Carpenter and Dean Cundey and how they did that. That’s how I approached the mask. I’m very happy with it. I think it’s going to be cool. I wanted to create the character of Michael Myers, not just the mask. You’re not creating just a mask. You’re creating a character. You’re creating a feeling that you get that does have an expression. The mask does have an expression, but also the mask looks completely different in every single angle it’s ever been photographed at, and I wanted that feeling too. I wanted the feeling that when you saw Michael Myers, it morphs, it changes, it looks different from every single angle, like the original one did. I can safely say we accomplished that." (4/5/18)
While Nick Castle will have a cameo appearance in the movie as Michael, stuntman James Jude Courtney will be donning the mask for a majority of the movie. Here's what he had to say about it in a recent interview: "So we started work, and I can’t remember if it was the second or third week that Nick came in and did kind of a cameo. He did a couple of scenes, and I’m in the scenes with him, which is really beautiful. He and I were hoping that would happen, because he even said, ‘This is the passing of the torch.’ We met with foreign journalists on the set, and Nick was so super gracious and just saying, ‘Look, I’ve come in to do a cameo. Jim is our Michael Myers now.’" (3/29/18)
Nick Castle is set to once again don the Myers mask in some sort of cameo appearance. Fans may remember him as the original actor that played Michael Myers in the 1978 film.
Danny McBride spoke briefly about why he chose to go back to the start, ignoring the sequels, but at the same time says they will have references to the other movies for fans to spot, saying: "This picks up after the first one. The Halloween franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there’s some many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from there. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there." Meanwhile, producer Jason Blum says via Twitter that the first cut of the film should be ready for him to view within the next 6 weeks. (3/12/18)
It's said that the film will partially take place at the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, which fans may remember was where part 2 took place.
Will Patton (Falling Skies) plays a cop in the film.
Andi Matichak is said to be playing Laurie Strode's granddaughter, Allyson.
Danny McBride once again spoke about the direction they're taking with the film, saying: "The original is all about tension. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) doesn't even know that Michael Myers exists until the last minutes of the movie. So much of it you're in anticipation of what's going to happen and the dread that Carpenter spins so effortlessly in that film, I think we were really trying to get it back to that. We're trying to mine that dread. Mine that tension and not just go for gore and ultra-violence that you see some horror movies lean on. To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes." (12/1/17)
Co-writer Danny McBride dropped some brief details on the film, revealing that it's set in a somewhat alternate reality, saying: "It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way." Despite working mostly on comedic projects, he plans on taking this remake very seriously, saying: "I think you should be very scared. I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night." On the topic of Jamie Lee returning: "Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement." Lastly he talks about the pressure of developing the project:"I just hope that we don’t fuck it up and piss people off. This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans." (11/13/17)
Carpenter spoke briefly about scoring the film and how his approach will be, saying: "I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I’ve made a deal to do the music. There are many options. I’ll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I’ll have to see the movie to see what it requires." (10/16/17)
John Carpenter had a recent interview where he confirms his involvement with the project and how the film will ignore all the other sequels, saying: "I’ve worked with them a little bit on the script. I’m just around to be a cheerleader for everybody. It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed." (10/9/17)
Judy Greer is in negotiations to play "Karen Strode," who will apparently be the daughter of Laurie Strode.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as "Laurie Strode."
Director David Gordon Green gave a brief update on the project recently, saying that John Carpenter has read the script and has given some notes, but "digs it" overall. And he is apparently still interested in scoring the film. Meanwhile, producer Jason Blum is adamant on the film still getting a release next October, saying the following if it doesn't get released on time: "You can kill me. You can behead me. You can chop my hand off, the prince of horror, you can cut my hand off. That’s on the record." (9/12/17)
Danny McBride spoke even more about his take on the movie, offering further details on the direction they're taking, saying: "It’s not a reboot, it’s not gonna be a rehash. It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out. I’d already seen all these movies but I’ve really been studying them now, and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made.The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics. Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective." (5/17/17)
Danny McBride had a new interview where he gave new details on what to expect from their Michael Myers, saying: "Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There's a lot of room for improvement (laughs). David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we're just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn't corny and it wasn't turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn't be killed. That stuff to me isn't scary, I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it's much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you're taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can't be killed pursuing you." (5/13/17)
According to a recent interview with Danny McBride the film will be more of a sequel than a remake, saying: "You know, it's not a remake. It's actually, it's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there." The idea of taking place sometime after the first two movies has been thrown around for the past couple years, so it sounds like they're working on the current script loosely based around that past concept. He goes on to say how this will definitely be a straight-up horror flick, despite his background mostly being in comedy: "Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that." (2/10/17)
Producer Malek Akkad had this to say about the project: "It’s been a long journey with many starts and stops. But I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited than by the team that we have assembled for the new ‘Halloween’. I truly feel this film will thrill fans, old and new, as well as being a high point in this legendary franchise." (2/9/17)
Co-writer Danny McBride had this to say about developing the film: "David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing." (2/9/17)
Director David Gordon Green was quoted saying: "John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans. It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers." (2/9/17)
David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) will co-write the script, with Green directing. John Carpenter had this to say about the duo: "David and Danny both came to my office recently with [producer] Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away." He also adds that he'll be there to consult and offer feedback as they develop the project and that he might still do the music. (2/9/17)
John Carpenter gave a brief update on the project recently, where he revealed that he's still waiting on a script, saying: "I’ve known Jason [Blum, producer] for a while, he came to me and said ‘How do you feel about this now that rights have diverted?’ and I said, ‘Sure, why not? I’ll give it a shot and I’ll also try to support the director,'” he says. “We don’t have a script yet, so I can’t tell you what it’s about, but I guarantee you it’s about Halloween night and it’s about a masked killer!" (11/28/16)
Producer Jason Blum gave a brief update on the project, which he revealed to be still in the very early stages of development. Here's what he had to say: "We haven't landed on a filmmaker, and we haven't landed on an approach. We thought we had a filmmaker and an approach, and we don't. We're talking to a handful of people about it -- all of them have different ideas. I don't believe in coming up with an idea and telling a filmmaker what to do. So we have three to five different people we're talking with, and all of them have a different idea about what it should be. And we haven't landed on a group, and as a result we haven't landed on an idea." (10/6/16)
The film is now officially back in development with additional financing from Blumhouse and apparently John Carpenter himself will executive produce and "godfather" the project, where he was quoted saying: "38 years after the original Halloween. I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all. We're going to go back to the earlier traditions that we started with. It's kind of gone astray a little bit. I thought that maybe the remake went off somewhere that I didn't want it to go. Michael Myers is not a character, he's a force of nature. He is not a person; he is part supernatural, part human. When you start straying away from that and start explaining, you're lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in that direction." Said to be a "reboot of the franchise," the studios are looking to fast track the project, as they're already seeking the right people to helm the pic with hopes to release it around Halloween 2017. They also hope to have Carpenter score the film once again. Producer Jason Blum was quoted saying: "Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve." At the moment the title "Halloween" is simply a placeholder for the site and will likely change when an official title is revealed. (5/24/16)
The "Halloween Returns" title was the previous rumored title.
Various outlets are reporting that production of the project has been cancelled (at least for now). Apparently after working on Halloween movies for 20 years, Dimension Films has finally lost the rights to the franchise. Though no official word has come from the producers, the state of the project seems likely dead anyway since the original shoot date was never met and we haven't heard much on the project since. It's also said that co-writer Patrick Melton and co-writer/director Marcus Dunstan left the project some time ago. If all this proves to be true then expect the rights to be shopped around to various other studios. (12/29/15)
Filming was originally aimed to begin in July 2015.
There's a rumor going around that the film is somewhat connected to the first two films--apparently character "Deputy Gary Hunt" from Halloween II is going to be the Sheriff in this film. This is currently just a rumor at the moment, but if it proves true it would confirm that the movie ignores the later sequels and the Rob Zombie movies. (5/17/15)
The old rumored synopsis is as follows: "The now 18-year-old child of one of Myers’ victims plays a central role along with the child of a cop whose long been obsessed with Myers’ case, even putting it before his own daughter. Myers is now on death row and the two kids with their own personal vendettas against the killer sneak in to watch his execution. But when things go awry and Myers escapes, the pair, along with their friends, find themselves in the firing line." (5/15/15)
Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (Feast, The Collector, Saw 4-7) are the latest writers attached to script. At the moment it's unclear whether it's a sequel or a remake, but according to a recent report "it’s not a remake, not a reboot, and not a re-imagining. One source said the project is a recalibration." Whatever that means.
According to producer Malek Akkad, he's expecting the latest draft to be turned in to him the day before Halloween. Not much of an update aside from that. It's still not known who's even writing the latest script. (10/18/14)
Originally aimed to have an October 2010 then a October 26th 2012 release.
Previous writer Todd Farmer had this to say about this script: "We took Rob Zombie's story and continued it, but we did it in a way that sort of pulled it back to the John Carpenter tone and intention, and we didn't cheat. We didn't break any of the rules. We used the rules Zombie had established, and it felt good because it felt like a complete story, and we're still hopeful that one day it’ll happen."
Production was originally said to begin sometime in November '09, however the Weinstein's decided that the project was being too rushed to accomidate director Patrick Lussier's schedule, so they opted to put everything on hold until he's free to work on this sequel.
Back when Patrick Lussier was going to direct, it would've marked the return of him and writer Todd Farmer working together after My Bloody Valentine 3D.
It was originally reported that this would be in 3D and have the title Halloween 3D.
It's said that a new genre director will be chosen, who will once again offer a "different take" on the series.
Writer/director Rob Zombie will not be returning.
It was originally said that this would be a "recalibration" and a standalone film that's "set to reintroduce audiences to Michael Myers years after his initial rampage." (2/9/15)