Any idea how many sequels to Halloween there are? Four? Five?
All told, there were EIGHT Hallowe'en films that began with John Carpenter's 1978 classic and ending with 2002's Halloween: Resurrection that had a Rotten Tomato score of 12% and starred Busta Rhymes. Remember him? Tyra Banks was in it, too and so was Jamie Lee Curtis. To say that there were diminishing returns on them is an understatement.
Halloween pretty much went off the deep-end right after Carpenter's original film and his interest in them became significantly diminished as the years went on, only turning up to score Halloween III: Season Of The Witch. He didn't even have anything to do with Rob Zombie's woeful remake, but this time around with Danny McBride and David Gordon Green's not-a-remake-but-a-sequel, he's definitely more involved.
In an interview with Stereogum, Carpenter talked about scoring the film - something he says he "may do" - and talked about the script for the upcoming remake and Jamie Lee Curtis' involvement. As Carpenter tells it, he wasn't involved with bringing her back for it, but rather the part of Laurie Strode "was written into the script and they had this idea — it’s kind of a… I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one and it pretends that none of the other (sequels) were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed."
That's a pretty strong endorsement coming from Carpenter, who - as we know from actually talking to the guy - is pretty taciturn and doesn't really have a capacity for bullshit. Then again, when you've made the kind of work that he has, who says you have to put up with it anymore?
The as-yet-untitled Halloween not-a-remake-but-a-sequel is set for the fortuitous release date of October 31st, 2018.