How the New ‘Halloween’ Reboot Fits in the Franchise’s Timeline

Jamie Lee Curtis has just announced that she will be returning to the Halloween franchise with next year’s reboot. But wait, wasn’t her character killed off over 10 years ago? How is Laurie Strode coming back?

Curtis can return to Halloween because this new movie is once again resetting the franchise’s continuity. Danny McBride said in an interview with CinemaBlend earlier this year that the film will take place after Halloween II, ignoring all of the other events of the series.

“You know, it’s not a remake,” he said. “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.”

He wasn’t entirely clear with his language there, as he does say that they’re “focusing mainly” on the first two movies. But Variety’s report on this makes clear that the film is wiping everything after Halloween II out of canon, as they note, “Curtis’ character will have a final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.” Her previous “final” confrontation in Halloween: H20 and then Halloween: Resurrection evidently did not happen in this new timeline.

The Halloween franchise timeline is among the most confusing out there, as the series has reset itself at least four times now. Halloween II was a direct continuation of the first movie, but then Halloween III takes place in its own universe, as established by the fact that characters in the film watch the movie Halloween. Halloween 4 through Halloween 6 then returns to the continuity of the first two. But with Halloween H20, everything other than the original two Halloween movies was wiped out of continuity. Halloween Resurrection was a sequel to H20, and in that movie, Jamie Lee Curtis’ character of Laurie Strode is finally killed off.

Resurrection would end up being the final installment in the original Halloween series, but then Rob Zombie rebooted the franchise with 2007’s Halloween, which wipes absolutely everything out of continuity and starts from scratch with a new origin story for Michael Myers. That movie had its own sequel, Halloween IINow, the 2018 Halloween will once again reset everything other than the first two movies, just like Halloween H20 did.

Michael Myers in 'Halloween.'

Michael Myers in ‘Halloween.’ | Compass International

This is being billed as Jamie Lee Curtis’ final time playing Laurie Strode, and so it appears that Blumhouse is looking to do with her character what The Force Awakens did with Han Solo. The 2018 Halloween also hopes to return to the pure horror that characterized the original installments, not so much the silliness that characterized later entries. The film has the approval of John Carpenter, director of the original Halloween; he apparently likes it so much that he’s considering scoring the movie, just as he scored the original.

“David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW,” Carpenter said earlier this year. “They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away. I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.”

Based on Jamie Lee Curtis’ tweet, it appears that the 2018 Halloween reboot will just be titled Halloween. The movie is set to hit theaters on October 19, 2018.