If you asked anyone what they know about the Halloween franchise, they’d probably note that the killer, Michael Myers, is the brother of the main character, Laurie Strode. But that might actually not be the case in the new reboot.
As fans of the series know, it was not revealed until Halloween II that Laurie Strode is Michael Myers’ sister; in the original film, it’s not stated that they have any relationship at all, and a lot of Michael Myers’ backstory is kept mysterious until later in the franchise. Now, in a new interview with Stereo Gum, John Carpenter has said that the new movie will ignore all of the movies in the series outside of the first one.
“It’s almost an alternative reality,” he said. “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.”
So if the new reboot picks up after the first one, that would mean that Laurie Strode and Michael Myers are not related in it, as this is information that was revealed in Halloween II, a film whose events this new one ignores. Of course, the 2018 reboot could simply re-establish that the two are indeed brother and sister. But there’s one major piece of evidence suggesting it won’t do so: the film’s writer, Danny McBride, said in an interview earlier this year that he’s not a fan of the sibling reveal.
“The moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary,” McBride said. “So all that kind of stuff to us…those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.”
For Michael and Laurie being brother and sister to remain canon, Danny McBride and director David Gordon Green would have to consciously choose to reintroduce this plot point, and it doesn’t really make sense for McBride to bring in something that he has gone on record as saying that he doesn’t think is effective. This all strongly suggests that Michael and Laurie will not be related in the reboot.
The Halloween franchise has been reset before, but in the past, Michael and Laurie being siblings has been retained. With Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, everything after the second movie was ignored, but the fact that the sequel remained canon meant that the sibling plot point was still a factor. Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake completely started the story over from scratch, but that time, Michael and Laurie were related from the first movie.
Today’s quote from Carpenter was surprising to hear considering Danny McBride had previously said that this movie would pick up after Halloween II.
“You know, it’s not a remake,” McBride said in an interview with CinemaBlend. “It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”
It’s possible that things have changed since then, though. If McBride and Green wanted to erase the sibling reveal, they’d have to discount Halloween II. And if they wanted to keep things grounded, following up Halloween II would be difficult considering Michael Myers is shot and engulfed in flames at the end of it. On the other hand, in the original Halloween, he simply disappears and the audience is left to presume he is still alive somewhere, so it would be very easy to bring him back without straining credulity.
2018’s Halloween will see the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode. At the time that this announcement was made, the 2018 movie was described as being Strode’s final confrontation with Michael Myers, and so presumably this will be Jamie Lee Curtis’ goodbye to the Halloween franchise (even though she already said goodbye to it in Halloween Resurrection). The movie is scheduled to open on Oct. 19, 2018.