The upcoming Halloween movie from director David Gordon Green will act as a direct follow-up to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, effectively wiping out the last 37 years of continuity established by Halloween II in 1981.
Why Green and his fellow screenwriter, Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant), decided to do such a thing is rather simple. While appearing at the Toronto Film Festival (where the slasher flick is premiering), Jamie Lee Curtis, reprising her iconic role of Laurie Strode, explained that it was one of her conditions before joining the project.
“You have to remember, all of the other storylines were really just inventions of other writers and other directors needing to add on to the story that was told before them, and it just got complicated," she told Deadline. "Even the invention of [Michael Myers] being [Laurie’s] brother, that was in a writers’ room somewhere. What I loved was the cleanliness of honoring the original movie and just building on that story with a very delicate hand.”
This was a very good move, especially when you consider that Halloween II (directed by Rick Rosenthal) was supposed to close the book on Ms. Strode and Michael Myers. Starting with the third installment, John Carpenter and producer Debra Hill (who also co-wrote the first two movies) wanted to create a Twilight Zone-esque anthology series of films that, like the Cloverfield universe, would only share the name "Halloween" in common.
Sadly, 1982's Season of the Witch (telling an entirely new story) was negatively received, and Michael Myers (sorely missed by the audience) was brought back into the franchise six years later in 1988's Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. From that point on, the concept began to turn stale with the ensuing six films that would be released between 1989 and 2009, including one that cashed in on the hot popularity of Scream in the late '90s and brought back Curtis, 1998's Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. She would reluctantly return four years later for Halloween: Resurrection.
Myers, one of the most iconic horror villains, was beginning to become the victim of overuse. By wiping the slate clean, Green and McBride get to reinvigorate Myers without having to waste time talking about his extremely complicated past. Even audiences don't want a bad guy with baggage.
Halloween masks up, grabs the carving knife, and heads into theaters on Oct. 19. John Carpenter is producing and also helping score the music with his son Cody and his godson Daniel Davies. Judy Greer and Andi Matichak will respectively portray Laurie's daughter and granddaughter, Karen and Allyson.