David Gordon Green’s Halloween came to us last year as the eleventh installment in a franchise that hadn’t made it to cinemas in over nine years, but after the slasher sequel proved such a hit with audiences and critics, producer Jason Blum apparently sees potential for the series to keep going well into the future.
Seeing how the last Halloween made over $253 million on a small fraction of the budget, it’s long felt inevitable that Blumhouse Productions would be pushing forward with a follow-up, despite Blum recently reaffirming that another movie isn’t official yet. In an interview with Moviefone, however, the producer expressed his optimism that the franchise has a whole lot more than one sequel left in it:
“Well, we had talked about it but right now we’re not shooting any Halloween movies right now because we don’t have deal rights to the sequels. But I certainly hope to make 10 more but I’ll start with one more.”
Of course, we wouldn’t take Blum’s statement of intent too seriously for the time being, especially when even most fans would probably have a hard time believing that the series has ten movies’ worth of interesting material left in it. In any case, the producer also remarked that one of the main criteria that any new project has to fill is that someone at the studio is passionate about it:
“It has to touch someone, emotionally, at the company. Halloween really touched [producer] Ryan Turek. He was really passionate about it. He had a really clear idea of what fans would want to see in the 11th Halloween movie and what they wouldn’t want to see. And that passion drove our decision to do it. So that’s what we need.”
Though it remains to be seen whether Blumhouse or the fans can stay passionate about Halloween for another ten films, it’s clear that the momentum is there for at least one more sequel, with Collider recently reporting that writer Scott Teems had been brought in to pen the next installment.
It’s also said that cast members Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak are all expected to reprise their respective roles from the last Halloween, and while we don’t have many details beyond that, Blumhouse has a reputation for working fast, suggesting that we hopefully won’t have too long to wait before further news on the sequel emerges.