Universal Pictures set release dates for two additional “Halloween” movies on Friday afternoon. John Carpenter shared the dates on Twitter, telling followers, “The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode isn’t over.” The quick video that Carpenter shared on social media featured the dates October 16, 2020 and October 15, 2021. The 2018 version released on October 19, and the original 1978 movie released on October 25.
John Carpenter wrote and directed the original 1978 “Halloween” classic, and worked with director David Gordon Green (Joe, Pineapple Express) and producers Jason Blum (Blumhouse), Malek Akkad (Trancas International Films) and Bill Block (Miramax) for the latest installment in the franchise.
Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the franchise in 2018 in the role of Laurie Strode. The movie also featured Judy Greer (Ant-Man and The Wasp, Jurassic World), Andi Matichak (“Underground”), Will Patton (Armageddon, The Punisher), and Virginia Gardner (Project Almanac, “Runaways”). The 2018 installment was also called “Halloween,” and the movie made $76M over the film’s opening weekend. The movie was a hit with fans and went on to make over $158M domestically and over $250M worldwide. The 2018 “Halloween” tops the chart within the franchise, with Rob Zombie’s 2017 “Halloween” taking second place with $80M worldwide, and John Carpenter’s 1978 “Halloween” sits in third-place with $47M worldwide.
The 2018 story takes place forty years after the events of 1978’s “Halloween.” Viewers catch up with Laurie Strode (Curtis) who now lives in a heavily guarded home on the edge of Haddonfield. Strode spends her time preparing for Michael’s potential return and dealing with the trauma of his previous attacks. After being locked up in an institution, Myers manages to escape when a bus transfer goes terribly wrong, leading to chaos in the same town he preyed on decades earlier.
Fans will have to wait on casting updates, but they should be happy to hear that two more “Halloween” films are on their way. Let’s just hope they aren’t both called “Halloween.”
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