Production is now well underway on the upcoming Halloween reboot (or should that be sequel?) from Blumhouse and after nabbing Jamie Lee Curtis a few weeks back to reprise her role as Laurie Strode, we’re now learning from Deadline that the character’s daughter, Karen, has been cast. Judy Greer is the lucky actress who’s been chosen to play the part and horror fans should be familiar with her from her role in the recent Carrie remake.
The studio is continuing to keep a tight lid on plot details and the like, but from what we understand, the film, which comes to us from David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, will be a sequel to Halloween II, disregarding Halloweens 3-8 and Rob Zombie’s mid-2000s reboot. This indicates that they’re eager to shed some of the baggage that’s built up around Laurie and Michael’s various encounters over the course of the franchise, which ends with Laurie gruesomely destroying the iconic killer (you’d think he’d have learned his lesson by now).
Furthermore, McBride has already spoken in the past about how their plan is to go back to basics here, which is certainly the right move. In a recent interview, he revealed the following:
“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.”
Halloween is set to slash its way into theatres on October 19th, 2018 – a release date which producer Jason Blum swears by. Not only that, but we also have reason to believe that this reboot will turn out better than the last one, as John Carpenter is said to be heavily involved and may even score the film. That’s not exactly a guarantee of quality, of course, but it’s nice to hear that they’re going back to the source of the scares.