John Carpenter’s Halloween franchise never dies.
Last year, Blumhouse shocked the world with a Halloween sequel that skipped over all previous follow-ups, refocusing the series’ narrative on a traumatized Laurie Strode—with Jamie Lee Curtis reprising her famous role—and bringing her face-to-face with the malicious Michael Myers once again. This time around, the two aren’t siblings, and Myers’ wrath is utterly inexplicable; he’s simply a madman, with no motive other than murder.
The film (directed by indie and comedy veteran David Gordon Green, who co-wrote the script with Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley) scared up more than $250 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film in the franchise and one of the most successful horror films of all time. A sequel was inevitable after numbers like that, but today Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum announced that Halloween is actually getting two sequels, and their titles and release dates are already confirmed.
FINALLY : not one but TWO new Halloween movies: Halloween Kills (2020) and Halloween Ends (2021). Yes, the gang is ALL back, including @jamieleecurtis, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and @TheHorrorMaster John Carpenter. Oh yea. pic.twitter.com/KpVa2PlwN5
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) July 19, 2019
First up is Halloween Kills, which will come out October 16, 2020. The film is bringing back Green as director and cowriter, along with McBride, with Scott Teems serving as the third writer. Green and McBride will also reunite for the second sequel, Halloween Ends, with Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier co-writing. That film comes out on October 15, 2021.
Jamie Lee Curtis is back to executive produce both features, although there’s no confirmation if she’ll appear in both. If we had to guess, we’d say she will be back–the press release announcing both films starts with the words: “The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode isn’t over.”
We’re blown away by this surprise double announcement and will definitely keep you posted as more news becomes available.
Images: Blumhouse Productions/Universal Pictures