To that end, the movie was almost going to feature a little refresher sequence that would've been a short remake of the first movie's ending, which found Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) apparently shooting Michael to death just before he can kill Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). When he goes to check on the body, however, he finds it's missing.
“Even in the script going into production, we were going to refilm the end of the original film from a different perspective,” Green told Bloody Disgusting. “We had this very complicated overhead view of Loomis shooting the gun, Michael going over and then the apprehension, assuming everybody was going to need a little bit to get back up to speed with where we are, and we haven’t seen the movie in a long time or we’ve never seen the movie, had to invite everyone to the party and that kind of thing. We kept pushing it off.”
It never happened, but if it did, Green & Co. would have employed de-aging effects similar to those so often utilized by Disney and Marvel in movies like Ant-Man, Rogue One, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Captain Marvel.
As for Dr. Sam Loomis, bringing back Donald Pleasence was out of the question, as the actor passed away in 1995, and using the technology that brought Peter Cushing back to life in Rogue One was deemed too expensive. Instead, Green said they'd have used a verisimilitudinous crew member:
“We cast a Loomis double who was our art director, because we didn’t want to bring one in,” Green said. “He looked exactly like him.”
In the end, it was producer John Carpenter (writer/director/producer/composer of the original) who convinced Green to ax the refresher.
“This was Carpenter actually calming me down on set,” Green said. “I’m like, ‘Nobody’s going to know what’s happening and where we’re coming from.’ He’s like, ‘Just trust ‘em and leave ‘em alone and let ‘em figure it out.’”
The only element that remains from the planned "reshoot" is the recreated bedroom from the first film's climax, which became older Laurie's bedroom for the sequel.
The new Halloween movie knifes its way into theaters Oct. 19.