Over the weekend, the bombshell was dropped that Jamie Lee Curtis is rejoining the Halloween franchise for David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s newest sequel. That led to a ton of speculation. Was Laurie Strode going to be a de-aged side character in a brand new continuation? Or is this newest version going to pick up with Michael Myers’ sister years later, just like Steve Miner’s ’98 revamp H20 did? And, if this was in fact going to be a rehash of H20’s paranoid and traumatized Ms. Strode, was Creed’s “What’s This Life For?” going to be prominently showcased as well?
In a previous interview, McBride has gone on record as saying that their Halloween is not a “reboot”, but rather will continue the mythology set up by the first two movies (Carpenter’s slasher granddaddy and Rick Rosenthal’s fun, flawed follow-up):
“You know, it's not a remake. It's actually, it's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly on the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”
However, a new press release that went out today (ostensibly reiterating the Curtis casting news) states that their Halloween is:
“Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film.”
The wording here is interesting and, if one were to take it literally, seems to indicate that Rosenthal’s initial sequel may be left out of this storyline as well. So, does that mean we get another take on the sibling relationship between Michael and Laurie? Is that information going to be omitted completely? Though Halloween II is usually credited as being the reveal of Michael and Laurie being brother and sister, BMD’s resident franchise historian Brian Collins would like to remind everyone that footage used for the “TV Cut” of Halloween includes distinct hints toward the two being blood.
Either way, no amount of fuckery can make this series’ continuity any more confusing than the Texas Chain Saw or Friday the 13th sequels, which were totally boned by their multiple sequels, remakes, reboots, what-have-yous. Furthermore, we’re gonna watch the shit out of whatever Green and McBride’s movie turns out to be, and this is all just goofy, fun speculation and should be taken with a grain of salt.