'Halloween 2' expected to film this fall with Jamie Lee Curtis returning
The 2018 film Halloween ignored every sequel in the long-running franchise, picking after the events of the original 1978 classic. Jamie Lee Curtis returned as her character, Laurie Strode, now a traumatized badass grandma who has obsessively prepared to battle Michael Meyers for four decades. Her daughter thinks she's nuts, until Michael Meyers breaks free from confinement and returns to Haddonfield for another killing spree on Halloween night.
Created by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the 2018 Halloween was a huge success. By retconning the more outlandish parts of the sequels - like making Laurie Michael's sister and introducing a backstory about a magical cult- the franchise went back to its thrilling roots. The film received a 79% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes - impressive for a slasher - and made a whopping $255 million worldwide on a budget of $10 million.
Watch the trailer for Halloween (2018)
When a movie makes a profit of $245 million in today's struggling box office climate, a sequel is inevitable - just like Michael Myers killing teenagers in Haddonfield, Illinois. (I bet real estate agents have the worst time selling houses there.) It's no surprise, then, that Halloween 2 will reportedly begin filming after Labor Day, with a release date of October 16, 2020. According to Collider's sources, Jamie Lee Curtis is "all but assured to return" as Laurie.
If the movie's called Halloween 2, that's going to be a little confusing, since two Halloween 2 films already exist. The 2020 Halloween 2 is a sequel to the 2018 Halloween which was a direct sequel to the 1978 Halloween, which is different from the 1981 Halloween 2 which was a sequel to the 1978 Halloween, as well as the 2009 Halloween 2 which was a sequel to the 2007 reboot Halloween. Do you have a headache yet?
According to Colliders' sources, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak are expected to reprise their roles as Laurie’s daughter and granddaughter, and David Gordon Green is expected to write the script and direct. In addition, they say franchise caretaker Malek Akkad will produce, and McBride will likely return to executive produce alongside Green and original Halloween director John Carpenter. A rep for Blumhouse Productions had no comment.
Before you skeptics dismiss this as a cash-grab, remember that McBride's original plan was to shoot two Halloween movies consecutively. "We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back," McBride told Entertainment Weekly in June 2018. "Then we were like, Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again."
"So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like," the writer/actor explained. "So, we were like, Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it."