After the success of the 2018 sequel Halloween (more or less meant to be a continuation of 1978’s Halloween and not the other sequels), two sequels were greenlit for David Gordon Green to continue on with a new saga. True to the original, the 2018 film followed the serial killer Micheal Myers and the final girl Laurie remaining in wait for him to strike next. It was an intense sequel that brought back Jamie Lee Curtis in a more gritty role than her previous one of distress.
The good news is that we now have a teaser to give us a taste of the next film in this new trilogy, Halloween Kills. It picks up right after the end of the film where Laurie pleads with emergency services to let her house burn to the ground where Michael Meyers was trapped and wounded. It’s safe to say he most likely survives the fire. Check out the teaser below:
The bad news is that the film has been pushed back to 2021. It was originally scheduled for the Halloween season this fall but given that the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed back many films, it’s not surprising that this film has moved as well. Director David Gordon Green and franchise creator John Carpenter addressed this move in a letter:
We write this to you heartbroken over the fact that the delay of our film is even a discussion, but if there’s one thing that a career in the film industry has prepared us for, it is the unexpected. Over the past few weeks, our film family has looked at the forecast of theatrical exhibition with obvious concern. We have discussed and struggled with how best to present “Halloween Kills” to the loyal fans around the world, as well as the new audience we hope to invite to this experience.
It was a wild and vibrant production. We lined up a cast of legacy characters like Laurie and Tommy, Lindsey, Lonnie, Marion, Brackett and The Shape, then alongside some new faces, we aggressively made the second chapter of our “Halloween” trilogy. It unfolded into an experience that was a creative playground and we feel confident that our misfit pleasures will be seen as an unexpected entry into this franchise.
If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.
On top of a traditional release, Universal has agreed to an IMAX presentation of the film in October 2021. We are sound mixing with one of the greatest design teams that can slash, scream and creep their way under your skin. We’re going to have time to complete the film with the quality that fans deserve. And preparation on “Halloween Ends” has begun as well.
It is an honor to be working with these characters and spending time in Haddonfield. We look forward to sharing our next chapters with you.
Halloween Kills will now hit theaters October 21st, 2021, with the following sequel, Halloween Ends, aiming for a release on October 14th, 2022.