John Carpenter Talked The New Halloween Writers Out Of Killing Dr. Loomis
For the new Halloween, writer-director David Gordon Green and his team gave themselves something of a clean slate when they chose to erase every previous sequel from the slasher series timeline. As well undoing the famous sibling twist from 1981’s Halloween II, this measure also erased any further brushes with Michael Myers that the characters experienced, be it in Laurie Strode’s various subsequent flicks, or in Paul Rudd’s eventual outing as Tommy Doyle.
Another character who had significant screen time in the sequels was Dr. Sam Loomis, played by the late Donald Pleasence. Though the character doesn’t feature in the new Blumhouse pic, the writers were initially considering killing off the fan favorite shortly after the events of the 1978 film, and it took the legendary John Carpenter to talk them out of it.
“Originally they were going to have Donald Pleasence’s character get killed. And I thought, ‘That’s a mistake. The audience won’t like that. That’s a revision I don’t think we should do.’ So that was my one big contribution… I thought the fans are gonna get pissed off at that. I don’t think you have to even deal with the ending of my movie; just start the movie where they did. I think that he did great.”
This isn’t the only controversial idea that the filmmaker convinced his successors not to try. Last month, Green recalled how they were also considering reshooting the ending to the original film in order to catch audiences up, before Carpenter suggested that they trust viewers to work the story out for themselves.
Though it remains to be seen whether the general public will respond positively to the new Halloween, the feature has already been well received by most critics, giving the series its first genuinely acclaimed entry since the first movie. With strong box office figures currently projected for the flick, we’ll see how fans of the long-running horror saga respond to this soft reboot when it hits theaters on October 19th.