This fresh take of Halloween, from acclaimed director David Gordon Green and horror studio Blumhouse, disregards everything made after the first movie to tell the tale of Laurie Strode and her stalker, the immortal slayer Michael Myers.
“Halloween” fans are eagerly anticipating 'Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the role of Laurie Strode, cinema’s most iconic avenging babysitter.
It turns out, according to Variety, they have Jake Gyllenhaal to thank for it. The actor is a family friend — Curtis refers to him as her “unofficial godson” — and he tracked her down while she was on vacation in the mountains with her husband, actor Christopher Guest, to put in a plug for David Gordon Green, the reboot’s director. Gyllenhaal urged Curtis to take Green’s call. The two had worked together on 2017’s “Stronger,” which Gyllenhaal told Curtis was the greatest experience of his professional career.
Curtis and Green hit it off immediately. Green, best known for comedies like “Pineapple Express” and dramas such as “Undertow,” reminded Curtis of John Carpenter, the director of the original 1978 “Halloween.”
“They’re both laid back and don’t take themselves too seriously,” Curtis told Variety in a recent interview.
They’re also both able to deliver the scares. Curtis thinks that the upcoming “Halloween” will be a worthy follow-up to the original. It operates as a straight sequel, ignoring the nine, mostly loathed sequels that came before it.
“We shed all of that other stuff and just went back to what made the original so great,” said Curtis. “John [Carpenter] didn’t write most of those films, so it was just all these new people making up stories. But with this one, we just literally cut the line. Whether or not people loved or hated those stories has no relevance to this movie.”
The new film, Curtis promises, will be a worthy addition to the Michael Myers canon.
“It’s powerful,” she said. “It’s old-school. It’s terrifying.”
This “Halloween” picks up 40 years after the original. Strode is a grandmother, living in a fortress-like home. After Michael Myers escapes from prison and embarks on a killing spree, she has to protect her family. “Halloween” opens on Oct. 19.
Carpenter isn’t directing this “Halloween,” but he did come on board as executive producer. Jason Blum, who is producing the $10 million film through his Blumhouse label said that it was essential that Carpenter give his blessing and that Curtis return to the fold.
“You can’t make ‘Halloween’ without John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis” said Blum. “If you did, you’d be starting out with two and a half strikes against you.”