Halloween isn’t over. In fact, it’s only just starting.
Following the success of last year’s Halloween reboot, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, Michael Myers is coming back, not once, but twice.
As announced in a short video via original Halloween director John Carpenter’s Twitter, two new Halloween films are slated for the next two years.
Halloween Kills is set to be released in the US on 16 October 2020, while Halloween Ends is slated for 15 October 2021. Together, the two will form a trilogy of rebooted Halloween films, telling the story of Michael Myers and the ultimate last girl, now all grown up, Laurie Strode.
The announcement itself is minimal — some screaming, the sounds of fighting, the iconic Halloween house burning. And, of course, Laurie Strode, now PTSD-addled and fighting back after her terrible experiences with Michael Myers in the past and present, cocking a shotgun. Turns out, the monster lives, or someone is wearing his mask.
Not much more info is available at this time, though based on the audio in the short teaser video, it seems as though Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising her role as Strode.
The latest entry in the Halloween franchise is both a dazzling tribute to the original film as well as a unique, standalone story. It's filled with deviations from the familiar slasher formula, but it also carefully incorporates an adoration of its predecessor that feels respectful but not overpowering. By balancing these two seemingly divergent concepts, director David Gordon Green has made a truly special horror sequel.
The Halloween darkness begins next year.