John Carpenter’s returning to Halloween.
That is a very surprising thing to type. I’ve had long conversations with John about Halloween and Michael Myers, and I would have said there would be no way he would return to the series. It’s not that he doesn’t like Myers; he does, and quite a bit. He’s justifiably proud of the film he made in 1978, and he’s definitely got thoughts about the films that followed his first movie. I’m still a fan of the idea of a series of different horror films all set on or around the holiday, and I’m glad to see that over time, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch has become more and more respected.
While I’m not a fan of the ongoing story of Michael Myers, I’m aware that there are people who love all of it, who really are invested in all of that continuity. None of that has anything to do with the original film that John directed, and even in the sequel that he co-wrote, he found himself retroactively re-inventing things about Michael and Laurie. I’m curious what rights, if any, this new team has to the material that exists in other movies, and I’m equally curious how much they care about any of it.