We reported just a few weeks ago that Blumhouse's highly-anticipated Halloween sequel wrapped production, giving the filmmakers and producers eight months to work on post-production ahead of the October 19 release date. While there is no indication as to when we may see the first footage, writer/producer Danny McBride revealed new details in an interview at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. The director confirmed that this movie does take place after the original Halloween, while adding that they pay homage to the myriad of sequels that have followed the original John Carpenter classic. Here's what Danny McBride had to say about his new Halloween sequel.
"This picks up after the first one. The Halloween franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there's so many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from there. It was nicer than knowing you're working on Halloween 11, it just seemed cooler, 'we're making Halloween 2'. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every Halloween that has been out there."
He wouldn't divulge any further details, but after a brief production setback, the movie is finally back on track. Filming was originally slated to begin last October, but, aside from the iconic Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode, and Judy Greer coming aboard to play Laurie's daughter Karen Strode, the production ran into trouble finding actors to fill out the rest of the cast. Filming finally got under way in early January, with the project wrapping towards the end of February.
The cast also includes original Halloween star Nick Castle reprising his iconic role as Michael Myers, along with Virginia Gardner, Will Patton, Toby Huss, Miles Robbins, Jefferson Hall, Andi Matichak and Dylan Arnold. David Gordon Green is directing from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Jason Blum and original Halloween producer Malek Akkad producing, with Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, John Carpenter, Ryan Freimann and Zanne Devine executive producing.
Blumhouse has already set an October 19, 2018 release date, a date which Jason Blum promised to keep, claiming he'd go so far as to let fans chop off his hand if he didn't make that release date. With post-production currently ongoing, there is no indication as to when we may see the first footage from Halloween. The movie will be going up against Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated Mowgli, the studio's Jungle Book adaptation which marks the feature directing debut for Andy Serkis, and Annapurna Pictures' comedy Where'd You Go Bernadette, starring Cate Blanchett, Kristen Wiig and Judy Greer, on October 19 This puts Judy Greer in the rare position of having two movies going up against one another on the same weekend. Danny McBride revealed these new details in an interview with Flickering Myth during the SXSW Film Festival that runs through this week.