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John Carpenter announces two Halloween sequels: Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends

By Benjamin Bullard
Halloween sequel via official YouTube

Laurie Strode isn’t done with Michael Myers (or maybe it’s the other way around.) For the next two years to come, we’ll be getting full-scale movie sequels to the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween that terrorized and delighted longtime fans last fall.

Original Halloween creator John Carpenter tweeted out the killer news himself, teasing the two new movies with an awesome trailer-style clip that perfectly captures the grainy, retro spirit of the early Halloween movies that started it all:

The first sequel, titled Halloween Kills, is set to arrive on Oct. 16 of 2020; while Halloween Ends, the second (and decidedly final-sounding) sequel lands on Oct. 15 of 2021. If the three-movie formula holds, that means last year’s film essentially served as the launch to a modern-day Halloween trilogy (and as fans, we’re already picturing the deluxe Blu-ray boxed sets we could be getting just a few years down the road.) 

Trancas International Films, Miramax and Blumhouse Productions are producing the new movies. Last year’s return to Haddonfield sliced off a favorable response from critics (and raves from actual fans), and raked in $255 million worldwide against a reported production budget of only $10 million. 

There’s no early word on casting, but Universal Pictures already has revealed that the key creative players in last year’s movie are coming back for both of the upcoming films — including Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, and Halloween writer Danny McBride as executive producers.

With that core team from last year’s film in place, it’s not a giant leap to imagine that Curtis would return to the big screen to carry over Laurie Strode’s potentially unfinished business — a saga that stretches all the way from 2018’s Halloween to the the 1978 classic where the terror first began.