John Carpenter Isn’t Counting On An Ending To The Halloween Franchise

Halloween 2018

By now, you don’t need me to tell you that Halloween just so happens to be one of the most beloved and enduring horror film franchises of all time – just like you’re no doubt aware of how wacky its timeline is. Really, it’s essentially become a “choose your own adventure” series that branches in various directions, depending on which directors regard which sequels.

Right now, we’re in the midst of a story arc directed by David Gordon Green, who acknowledges only the 1978 original as factoring into his saga. Soon enough, we’ll witness two follow-ups to his highly successful sequel released in 2018, those being Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends.

According to series creator John Carpenter though, he’s not so sure about the third installment just mentioned being a definitive conclusion to the franchise. In fact, here’s what he had to say while speaking at Keystone Comic Con:

“As long as there’s money in this, I wouldn’t count on an ending.”

To be entirely truthful, I think he’s absolutely correct. If indeed the two upcoming sequels rake in the amount of money that 2018’s Halloween did, then there’s no way Hollywood will let this franchise die. They may put in on the shelf for a few years, but it’ll always come back. In my view, what Green is doing right now could be likened to The Dark Knight Trilogy. In other words, Christopher Nolan gave his Batman an ending, yet the character continued being rebooted under the supervision of other filmmakers. I’m expecting likewise for Michael Myers.

When it comes to Carpenter himself, he’s still on board as composer for the sequels discussed here today. This comes as welcome assurance, as the man proved he’s still got it with the most recent installment. He’s always managed to find such power in simplicity, so I’m looking forward to hearing whatever he cooks up next.

Halloween Kills arrives in theaters on October 16th, 2020, with Halloween Ends set to follow on October 15th, 2021.