David Gordon Green’s Halloween slashes into US theaters on October 19th, timed to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of John Carpenter’s original Halloween, widely credited with popularizing the slasher subgenre of horror. It’s fitting since the film is being billed as a direct sequel to 1978’s Halloween, one that will dismiss all previous sequels.
To that end, Green originally planned to reshoot the iconic ending of Carpenter’s Halloween in order to get the audience caught up on the story and show a different perspective. He worked out all of the details and planned on recreating the house from the original Halloween and employing body-doubles to portray 19-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence (who passed away in 1995).
Here’s what he told our friends at Bloody Disgusting:
“We had this very complicated overhead view of Loomis shooting the gun, Michael going over and then the apprehension, assuming everybody was going to need a little bit to get back up to speed with where we are and we haven’t seen the movie in a long time or we’ve never seen the movie, had to invite everyone to the party and that kind of thing. We kept pushing it off.”
It was Carpenter himself who convinced Green to scrap plans for the recap, basically putting the onus on moviegoers to be up-to-date:
“This was Carpenter actually calming me down on set. I’m like, ‘Nobody’s going to know what’s happening and where we’re coming from.’ He’s like, ‘Just trust ‘em and leave ‘em alone and let ‘em figure it out.’”
Come on people, you’ve had 40 years to see the original! Let’s cut to the chase (pun intended)!
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers (Nick Castle) on Halloween night. She now faces a terrifying showdown when Michael returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, Laurie is ready for him.
David Gordon Green directed Halloween from a script he penned with his frequent collaborator Danny McBride; in addition to Curtis and Castle, the film stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and Will Patton.