After years of being away from cinemas, the Halloween franchise returned and absolutely conquered with its latest installment in 2018. Having firmly established itself as the highest grossing slasher flick of all-time, one would think a sequel won’t be far behind. Still, it appears as though Blumhouse may have to jump through some hoops before that can happen.
Not intending on being a downer, we’ll save any discussion of legality for another day. Instead, let’s keep dreaming about what may be on the horizon, because we all know that Michael Myers will eventually give residents of Haddonfield yet another reason to keep their doors locked.
More often than not, the Shape has been recast with each successive picture, but there are the privileged few who’ve been able to reprise the role. One prime example is that of Nick Castle, who donned the mask for the 1978 original and had some involvement in the 2018 followup as well.
When I had the chance to interview Mr. Castle at Motor City Comic Con this past weekend, I asked if he’d be willing to come back yet again. Much to my delight, here’s how he responded:
“I’d love to. Yeah, of course. It’s a lot of fun. I think the fans enjoy it quite a bit, knowing them now from these conventions and stuff like that. And of course, it would still have to be something I would be happy and proud to be part of. We’ll see if they can pull together a good script.”
Well, after hearing him say that, it sure does sound like we could see him again as long as someone doesn’t write a real stinker of a screenplay. But if the next effort is anything like the most recent, then it should be dynamite. In my view, David Gordon Green understands Halloween better than any director – aside from John Carpenter, of course.
Obviously, the other key ingredient is that Castle be invited back, but I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be. If much of the same creative team is retained for the next Halloween film, then I’d assume they’ll reach out. On that note, let’s hope Carpenter continues sticking around as well.