Blumhouse’s upcoming Halloween may be the third film in the long-running horror franchise to have this exact title, but unlike the 2007 remake of the same name, the 2018 Halloween will see only a partial reset of the franchise timeline.
The David Gordon Green-helmed movie will be set 40 years after the horrific events of the 1978 original, while disregarding everything that’s unfolded in the sequels since. This allows for the return of Jamie Lee Curtis in the iconic role of Laurie Strode, while also giving Green the clean slate that he wanted.
In a recent interview with Variety, producer Jason Blum wished to stress that ‘reboot’ isn’t quite the right term for the imminent reunion between Laurie and Michael Myers, explaining:
“The way to get people interested is to not reboot. The term makes my hair stand up on the back of my neck. What we’re doing with Halloween is, I guess I’ll use the term ‘reinvention.’ Reboot just sounds so corporate. The way we attacked Halloween was to go after what we’ve done with a lot of other movies. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are not known for horror, Jordan Peele was not known for horror before Get Out, so I think we’ve had a lot of success mixing genres of people – not the movie – the movie’s a straight, scary movie, so I think we’ve got a very original voice with David Gordon Green and Danny, and having Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter back in the mix to me was the beginning.”
Seeing how ‘reboot’ is, in itself, a term often used by producers as a palatable alternative to the word ‘remake’ (see also: ‘reimagining’), you’d have every right to be a little skeptical of this new phrase, ‘reinvention.’ Nonetheless, Blum also seems confident that the new movie – however you want to classify it – will be a hit with fans.
“I’m grateful how we brought new voices and the original voices back together in a strategic way to make what I think is a terrific movie. Fans will have to tell me if they think so, too, but I think they’ll be very happy.”
You’ll be able to judge for yourself when Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters on October 19th.