This October, we're getting a new film in the Halloween franchise for the first time in nearly a decade, but this isn't just another in a string of endless sequels or a full reboot with an all-new cast. This is a direct sequel to the original 1978 classic, starring Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode (who returns to the role for the first time in 15 years) and made with the blessing of John Carpenter (who'll also be working on the score) himself. If done right, it could be something really special.
The film is particularly intriguing because co-writers Danny McBride and David Gordon Green (who's also directing) have decided to ignore every single sequel to the original film (including, apparently, Halloween II, which takes place on the same night) and create a new version of Laurie Strode as a woman with a different life (including a daughter) four decades after that night of terror. In addition to the return of Curtis, the film will also feature Nick Castle, the original Michael Myers (credited in the first film as "The Shape") donning the mask once again to create even more synergy with the 1978 classic.
The film is due out in October, but it's just begun filming, and to celebrate the kickoff of another Halloween production, Curtis posted a photo of herself and Green to her Twitter account Tuesday, revealing Laurie's look 40 years on.
The most noticeable detail here is that Laurie has the same long hair from the original film, a style that changed to a more close-cropped look for the H20 film (heavily touted as the return of Laurie Strode in its day) in 1998. Another interesting detail that Curtis points out: Green seems to be holding the original slate used to shoot the first Halloween film, a souvenir he was no doubt loaned by Carpenter. It might just be a novelty, but it feels like a symbol of just how much Green and McBride revere Carpenter's first film.
Halloween arrives Oct. 19.