With the news that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning in the “final film” in the Halloween movie franchise, many fans were left wondering how and why Michael Myers would be after Laurie Strode after all of these years, especially if the events depicted in the sequels to the 1978 horror classic were being thrown out the window. While we still don’t know exactly how this comes about, franchise creator John Carpenter recently revealed to Stereogum that Strode was “written into the script” for the new movie, partially at Curtis’ request, which means that her presence will likely be in a minor role and not necessarily as the object of Myers’ violent rage.
Carpenter said that he really didn’t “know how to describe” how the movie fits into the franchise, but said that the idea “impressed” him.
It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director [in David Gordon Green] and it was well-written.
Carpenter is executive producer and creative consultant to horror producer Jason Blum (Get Out) on the movie, and said that he worked “a little bit on the script” with writers Danny McBride and Green, and would like to score the movie, but described himself more as “a cheerleader for everybody” else working on the movie.
The Untitled Halloween Sequel is tentatively slated for release on October 19, 2018.