What to Expect With the Two New ‘Halloween’ Sequels

A small part of you was probably hoping that once Laurie Strode squared off against Michael Myers in 2018’s Halloween, he’d be gone for good. But horror franchises are never that simple, right?

I, like many others, sat in the theater to watch the silent murderer escape and terrorize the town of Haddonfield, Illinois until he tracked down Strode. With Jamie Lee Curtis back to reprise her role along with a handful of scared family members in the Strode bloodline, the film positioned itself as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween movie from 1978. That promotion paid off well with fans, but we’re not done yet.

Tony Moran as Michael Myers
Tony Moran as Michael Myers, 1978 | Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images

Two ‘Halloween’ sequels are in the works for the latest reboot

When Halloween ended, we saw Laurie Strode and Michael Myers doing an eerie Care Bear stare down while he was trapped in a burning basement. We rooted for her, her armory, and her cleverly outfitted cabin that seemed to trip up the killer. Michael was done, eh? In the end, there was no body, and you could hear him breathing in the post-credits scene. Ah, but something about that ending felt incomplete, and now the Halloween team is letting us know why.

Director David Gordon Green will return to direct Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, which will see the return of both lead characters. The first, Halloween Kills, will be released on October 16, 2020 and Halloween Ends is due in theaters on October 15, 2021. According to Entertainment Weekly, Blumhouse exec Ryan Turek said both films with follow a “wild arc.”

Jason Blum also announced that Danny McBride will return to write for both sequels and horror legend John Carpenter will be involved again as well. While speaking to Collider during the Television Critics Associatioon press event, Green and McBride shared that the sequels will end the Myers-Strode story.

“We start in September [and shoot them back-to-back] with a breather between. But they’ll be out in two consecutive years, in 2020 and 2021. You get a breather this year, and then, for the next two years, it’s gonna be crazy.

They’re never done telling the Frankenstein story, and at this point, Michael Myers is a classic movie monster. But our Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Michael Myers saga will be done. The fun of it is also seeing it end and knowing that it can. If you just keep trying to elongate it and milk it for all of the money, then that’s boring.”

They added that the storytelling won’t add wild new elements (like Druids) or branch off, but instead flow as a continuation of what audiences saw in the last movie. But they also said that Michael Myers is such an iconic character that there’s room for others to tell stories with him in their own ways.

Original Michael Myers actor is returning

Nick Castle played Michael Myers in the first Halloween film, setting the tone for how the killer moves, stalks, and murders. Since then, James Courtney has been playing the role for decades in the Halloween films, including the 2018 version. Castle had a cameo in the last installment, but in a hilarious tweet as “OG Shape,” he just confirmed he’ll be reprising the classic role for both sequels.

But wait, so will Courtney! Digital Spy reported that Castle followed up with the comment, “I’ll be returning but, you know Big Game James still got the torch! More later.”

As we sit and contemplate how Michael Myers could have possibly escaped those flames, we can also ponder what Strode and her family will be up to once he shows back up, breathing and stalking like only he can. For her sake, we hope she stays paranoid.