Jason Blum Says Halloween Kills Feels Like a Complete Movie
When Blumhouse Productions and director David Gordon Green announced that the next Halloween film would actually be two films — titled Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends — the feeling was that both films would serve as two halves of one large story. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that, but for those of you who prefer your movies served up complete, Jason Blum is here to brighten your day. In a recent interview with io9, the blockbuster producer revealed that Halloween Kills will actually be a standalone film, as will the finale.
“I worried about it until I saw [the second one]. And David [Gordon Green, director] worried about it. That it would feel like, remember Lord of the Rings? Like you weren’t getting [the full story]? It doesn’t feel like that at all. [Halloween Kills] feels like a complete movie. There’s a first, second, and third act. It has a big end. You still know from the end of the second movie where the third movie is going, but the second movie ends in a totally satisfying way.”
There you have it. And while the second part will undoubtedly set up the final act, it’s good to hear the film will play as a standalone entry with a conclusive beginning, middle, and end.
In the upcoming sequel, Haddonfield Memorial Hospital will be returning to the new canon with Anthony Michael Hall set to play Tommy Doyle, who first appeared as a child in the original Halloween movie as one of the kids Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) was babysitting. The adult version of the character was previously played by Paul Rudd in The Curse of Michael Myers, the sixth movie of the original storyline. The new universe avoids those sequels, however, as the 2018 movie picks up the narrative after the 1978 film.
Nancy Stephens’ Nurse Marion is also set to return for Kills with Robert Longstreet as Lonnie Elam (the young bully in the original film) and Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace, reprising her role from the 1978 original. It was also previously announced that Halloween filmmaker and composer John Carpenter will be composing the score for both Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends.
Both sequels were announced back in July with Halloween Kills set to be released on Friday, October 16, 2020. David Gordon Green will return to direct and co-write the script with Danny McBride (The Righteous Gemstones) and Scott Teems. The following year, Halloween Ends will be released on Friday, October 15, 2021, which Green will also direct and co-write, this time with Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan, and Chris Bernier.
Both films will be based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill and will be directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum, and Bill Block. Carpenter, McBride, Green executive produce alongside Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno and Couper Samuelson.
Released last October to critical acclaim and huge box office success, 2018’s Halloween brought in over $250 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing slasher film of all time.
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