Will Patton Joins HALLOWEEN Reboot

2018's Halloween revival just keeps getting more and more exciting

My favorite movie of all time is the original Halloween. You all know that. But running a close second is Armageddon, Michael Bay's much-lambasted asteroid vs. oil drillers movie that is reportedly shown to NASA trainees for them to see how many things they can find wrong with it. I am under no illusion that the film is great in a critical sense, but I don't care - the characters in that movie are lovable and I cared when they died, and that's why I've returned to the movie again and again over the past twenty years.

And my favorite of those characters (well, the ones who aren't Bruce Willis)? Chick Chapple, played by Will Patton. If you don't tear up at his arc - where his ex tells his son that he's a salesman, only to inform him "That's your daddy" when they see him on TV going off to save the goddamn world - then you're an inhuman monster and, quite frankly, I don't want anything to do with you.

So as far as I'm concerned, the upcoming Blumhouse revival that's coming out for Halloween's 40th anniversary is also celebrating Armageddon's 20th, by adding Patton to an already-impressive cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and OG Shape Nick Castle himself. According to The Tracking Board, Patton will be playing "a cop". That's all that we know right now, but that doesn't mean we can't speculate!

Patton has the right look to be playing Gary Hunt from Halloween II if they want to revive that character, though that would be kind of weird since that film's being erased from the narrative. A better option - and one that wouldn't confuse matters - could be that he's playing Judith's boyfriend, who realized that if he could last more than 20 seconds in bed he might've saved Judith's life and decided to become a cop in order to make amends. 

But they'd have to age him up (Patton is 64, the boyfriend would be about 71, 72) which isn't usually a thing folks like to do to their actors unless they're gunning for Oscars. So he's probably just an original character created by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, and that's OK, too.

All I know for sure is that I'm rapidly getting excited for this film after swearing that I was done giving a crap about this franchise (to be fair, I wasn't expecting Jamie Lee and John Carpenter to return to it when I said as much), and that it's going to be a long wait to October. However, they've started shooting, so maybe if we ask nicely they will release the film in the middle of summer like Dimension used to?