What John Carpenter Is Doing For The New Halloween Movie

Jamie Lee Curtis with Michael behind her

If you've been paying attention to the world of TV and film production, you'll notice one trend that is ruling the day: nostalgia. With reboots and long awaited sequels proving very profitable, just about every property seems like it could return for a new installment. And this is certainly the case with the Halloween movies, as a new film will arrive next year. Jamie Lee Curtis will once again reprise her role as OG scream queen Laurie Strode, and franchise creator John Carpenter will be involved in the production as well... but how? Carpenter recently teased his involvement in the new Halloween film, saying:

I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I've made a deal to do the music ...There are many options. I'll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I'll have to see the movie to see what it requires.

While he won't be writing or directing the new film, it looks like John Carpenter will be quite involved in the upcoming Halloween sequel. This should please the hardcore fandom, because the original players' involvement will hopefully help the new film feel like a member of the original franchise.

John Carpenter's statements to Billboard is particularly exciting, especially in regards to his work on the new film's music. The original Halloween film is very much Carpenter's baby. He created the character Michael Meyers, and wrote and directed the first film. Carpenter also composed the franchise's signature theme song, which is one of the most iconic tunes in Horror history, alongside The Exorcist.

John Carpenter wrote and produced Halloween II, but his involvement in the long running horror franchise began to lessen afterward. He helped produce the god awful Halloween III: Season of the Witch, and had no part in the following seven movies- except for being credited as the creator. But now he'll be working on the whopping 11th film in the series.

The upcoming untitled Halloween film will star Jaime Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and Laurie Strode and her daughter Karen. The film is currently being written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down) and is being produced by Blumhouse Productions. The film will reportedly ignore all of the franchise's sequels, and will catch up with Laurie decades after her attack in the first film. Considering she was unceremoniously killed off in Halloween: Resurrection, this is probably the right call to make. I'd prefer if Halloween II and/or H20 was still canon, but I guess beggars can't be choosers.

The untitled Halloween sequel will arrive in theaters in time for Haloween 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your other trips to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.