Halloween is an upcoming American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green and Danny McBride. It is the eleventh installment in the Halloween franchise, picking up forty years after the events of the original film while disregarding the continuity of the previous sequels. Series co-creator John Carpenter serves as an executive producer and creative consultant for the film, which will be distributed by Universal Pictures, its first involvement in the Halloween franchise since the 1982 film Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
After the release of Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, a sequel to the 2007 remake of the original, two consecutive follow-ups went into development from former rights holder Dimension Films, respectively, but neither achieved fruition. As a result, the company lost the rights to the intellectual property, later obtained by Blumhouse Productions with John Carpenter’s involvement. Carpenter, who disagreed with the remake’s portrayal of lead killer Michael Myers, wanted the next Halloween film to be much more terrifying than the preceding sequels. Filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, who were already fans, proposed their vision to Blumhouse and Carpenter. It was accepted and developed into a direct sequel to the original, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their roles as Laurie Strode and Myers, respectively. Castle appears briefly as a means of transitioning the role to actor and stuntman James Jude Courtney, who also plays Myers in the film. The film also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, and Virginia Gardner.
Principal photography commenced on January 13, 2018 in South Carolina, United States and concluded on February 19, 2018. The film is set for release on October 19, 2018.