John Carpenter Confirms That He’ll Score The Next Halloween Movie


When you’re discussing the most iconic themes in cinematic history, there’s undoubtedly a few choice selections that’ll make anybody’s short list. Naturally, one may bring up John Williams’ work on Star Wars or Superman: The Movie, or Danny Elfman’s contributions to Batman. But when it comes to the horror genre, there’s one piece that arguably reigns supreme – and that’s the one from John Carpenter’s Halloween.

Now, there have been several talented composers to follow in the legend’s footsteps, with each still retaining the original theme but, of course, they throw in their own little variations and/or employ the use of updated synthesizers. Still, that doesn’t mean the very idea of having Carpenter return won’t drive fans into a frenzy, something that nearly happened when there were recent whispers that such a thing may be in the cards.

Well, get ready to dance in the streets because Carpenter himself has confirmed that he’s coming back to tickle the ivories as part of David Gordon Green’s film when speaking about his role, and what it’ll entail, with Billboard:

“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.”

Personally, I’d like to hear whatever new pieces he may come up with, but it wouldn’t be saddening in the slightest if Carpenter were to just update the original score instead. Even though it was made up of a handful of tracks that were repeated and intermingled throughout, it was simple and extraordinarily effective. Plus, with this new offering ignoring every sequel that followed the original flick, it’d truly feel like a spiritual successor in many respects.

The next Halloween movie has been projected for an October 2018 theatrical release, and as always, we’ll keep you posted once we learn more.