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The new Halloween almost killed off a major franchise character

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Oct 15, 2018, 8:10 PM EDT

Director David Gordon Green set out to simplify the Halloween mythology with his upcoming sequel, but he almost streamlined it a little too much.

One of the biggest ideas that Green and his co-writer, Danny McBride, came up with for the film was making it a direct sequel to the original 1978 Halloween, while essentially ignoring all the mythology and continuity that had been built up in the intervening years over seven sequels (not to mention a remake and its sequel as well).

That meant getting rid of longstanding aspects of the canon like Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers being siblings, but it also led Green to believe he should reshoot the ending of the original film from a different angle, just to give audiences a quick refresher on where the new story was picking up.

Green was talked out of that idea by the original Halloween's director, John Carpenter, and now the horror master has told Collider that he also convinced Green to step back from making another radical change to the franchise's history:

“Originally they were going to have Donald Pleasence’s character get killed. And I thought, ‘That’s a mistake. The audience won’t like that. That’s a revision I don’t think we should do.’ So that was my one big contribution...I thought the fans are gonna get pissed off at that. I don’t think you have to even deal with the ending of my movie; just start the movie where they did. I think that he did great.”

Donald Pleasence’s Dr. Sam Loomis, Michael Myers' long-suffering psychiatrist and pursuer, is tied with Laurie Strode herself as the longest-lasting character in the series. Loomis appeared in seven films, with Pleasence playing him in Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (Malcolm McDowell essayed the role in the Rob Zombie-helmed 2007 remake and its 2009 follow-up).

Wiping out Loomis would have been a direct revision of the original movie's ending, not to mention showing the death of one of the series' most popular characters far earlier than it happened in the original timeline. While killing Loomis might have driven home the point even more that the later sequels were no longer part of the story, in the final analysis the new film doesn't really need that death to get that message across.

Do you think Carpenter gave Green and McBride the right advice? You can post your thoughts below and then go read the rest of our coverage of Halloween (including new interviews with Curtis here, and Carpenter and producer Jason Blum here). The film opens this Friday, Oct. 19.