Halloween 2018 sequel: Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know
40 years after he first terrified us, Michael Myers is back soon on the big screen in the new Halloween sequel that ignores every other sequel in the series.
The direct sequel to John Carpenter’s seminal classic sets up an alternate timeline in which Myers is captured by police shortly after his original killing spree. Four decades spent in Smith’s Grove Sanitarium later, he escapes to set the stage for a showdown that Laurie Strode has been preparing herself for since 1978.
It’s been gaining critical acclaim – including from Digital Spy – and praised as return to form for the long-running horror franchise, so if it follows suit at the box office, it’s unlikely to be the last we see of Myers.
So here’s everything you need to know about a potential sequel to the direct sequel of the original movie (still with us?).
Halloween 2018 sequel title: What on earth do we call it?
Right, since it wipes out the previous nine movies in the franchise (but isn’t a reboot or remake), technically Halloween (2018) is the third time we’ve had a Halloween 2.
It makes sense then that if there’s a sequel to this movie, then it would have to be Halloween 3, though that would look a bit odd as a follow-up to a film called Halloween. So at this early stage, our best guess is that it’ll go down the Halloween: Resurrection route and have a subtitle, Halloween: Something.
But until we get an official announcement for the sequel to the sequel, it’s anyone’s guess.
Halloween 2018 sequel release date: When can we expect it?
According to Bloody Disgusting, work has already begun on the next Halloween movie, but Halloween (2018) director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride aren’t involved in it and it could hit cinemas in October 2019.
Take this news with a pinch of salt though as there’s been no official announcement of any kind and it’s unlikely – but not impossible – that Blumhouse Productions and the other producers involved would make a judgement on a sequel until the current movie opens.
After all, back in August, Jason Blum told a fan on Twitter that there are no plans currently for a sequel, adding “I really hope so” when asked if there will be future movies.
The new Halloween began filming in January 2018 ahead of its October 19, 2018 release date, so there’s every chance that if a sequel confirmation comes soon, we could be seeing the follow-up movie in October 2019 though.
Halloween 2018 sequel cast: Who’s coming back?
This is a Halloween movie so there will be some deaths and we can’t rule out any notable ones, meaning that not even the returning Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode is safe.
The 2018 movie also stars Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as Laurie’s daughter Karen and granddaughter Allyson, respectively, as well as the likes of Will Patton as police office Frank Hawkins, Haluk Bilginer as psychologist Dr Ranbir Sartain, Virginia Gardner as Allyson’s best friend Vicky and Toby Huss as Karen’s husband and Allyson’s father Ray.
And, of course, Nick Castle as Michael Myers, who’s also played by stuntman James Jude Courtney.
Check back here after the movie is out to find out who’s lived to fight another day in any future movie.
Halloween 2018 sequel plot: What’s it going to be about?
Back in June 2018, McBride told EW that the original plan was to “shoot two of them back-to-back” before they sensibly decided not to “get ahead of ourselves”.
“This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like,” he reflected.
“So, we were like, ‘Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t’. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it.”
Following the positive reaction to the movie, McBride then confirmed in early October that they have “some ideas” for the sequel, adding: “Now we’re just sort of exploring them to see if they have enough legs to kind of warrant it”.
Seeing how well Green, McBride and co-writer Jeff Fradley have revived the franchise, it would be a shame if they’re not given a shot at a follow-up movie, but we’ll go into further detail here once the movie is out as to how it sets up a possible sequel.
Halloween is released in UK and US cinemas on October 19.
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