Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to the horror franchise that helped launch her career. Curtis has confirmed she’s reprising her role as Laurie Strode in the upcoming Halloween film from Blumhouse Productions and Miramax. Universal Pictures is handling the theatrical release and is targeting an October 19, 2018 opening.
The original Halloween was released in 1978 and was co-written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Carpenter directed and Donald Pleasence, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, and Tony Moran co-starred. Halloween II followed in 1981 with Curtis and Pleasence back in the lead roles. Halloween III: Season of the Witch, a Halloween film in name only, entered theaters in 1982 without Pleasence or Curtis’ involvement. Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers was next, with Pleasence returning in support of a new young cast. That was followed by Halloween 5 in 1989.
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers came out in 1995 and once again Pleasence reprised his role as Dr. Loomis alongside Paul Rudd who also appeared in Clueless that same year. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later brought Jamie Lee Curtis back into the fold, playing mom to Josh Hartnett. Curtis’ mom, Janet Leigh, also appeared in 1998’s Halloween H20 as did Adam Arkin, Michelle Williams, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and LL Cool J.
The eighth film of the horror franchise, Halloween: Resurrection, opened in theaters in 2002. Curtis, Brad Loree, Busta Rhymes, Sean Patrick Thomas, Katee Sackhoff, Ryan Merriman, and Thomas Ian Nicholas starred in the R-rated film from director Rick Rosenthal.
The new Halloween has John Carpenter on board as an executive producer. He’s also confirmed to be a creative consultant on the project. Per the official announcement, “filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.”
Green and McBride are also executive producing, and Malek Akkad is producing. Akkad’s Trancas International Films has produced all of the prior Halloween films.
The Plot: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.