When it was announced John Carpenter would be producing the next Halloween film, and help put his most famed creation back in place, fans everywhere rejoiced.
However, this news comes as a double edged sword. Sure, any #Halloween movie with John Carpenter involved is almost a guaranteed hit, but what if he wants to end what started back in 1978?
(Check out the trailer for the original Halloween below.)
Here are a few reasons we should ponder the possibility of this actually happening, and recognize why it probably won't.
John Carpenter Never Thought Halloween Would Have One Sequel, Let Alone Spawn A Whole Franchise
When asked about his involvement in 1981's Halloween II, Carpenter expressed how difficult it was to come up with a story for the film, and said he wasn't sure how it'd be any different than the original. Which is where the idea of Michael Myers being related to his victims came from.
Halloween II was already a stretch, but once Michael was burned alive at the end of the film, John was sure that would be the end of the character.
But you can't keep a good movie maniac down for long.
Halloween Was Supposed To Be An Anthology Series After Halloween II, But The Fans Weren't Having It
Michael Myers was supposed to be dead after Halloween II, which didn't happen of course. But at that time, it made little sense to bring him back to life. So the series tried to move forward as an anthology series. Meaning every Halloween movie after part 3 would be a different story, -- no more #MichaelMyers.
At this point, Myers had become a full-fledged horror icon. So fans were less than thrilled when he didn't show up in the third movie.
This is the reason he was brought back in Halloween 4, and every installment after that. It's also why Carpenter decided to leave the franchise. He didn't feel there was anything left to do with Michael after the original Halloween, and its sequel. But Hollywood had different plans for the iconic boogeyman.
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John Carpenter Might Want To Put A Permanent End To Michael Myers
Carpenter tried to kill Michael Myers in Halloween II and wasn't excited when the series brought him back.
Now he's the executive producer for the upcoming Halloween sequel-boot, and he might want to kill Michael for good this time. No one really knows how far he plans to go with this series, but if history gives us any indication, it won't be far.
Although there's a chance Michael Myers will meet his demise the upcoming film or future sequels, it's highly improbable.
This is why.
Blumhouse Productions Just Got Their Hands On The Halloween Franchise
Blumhouse Productions rules the #horror genre at the moment. But even with with smash hits like The Purge, Insidious, and Split on their hands, their biggest cash cow will end up being Halloween. So fans can rest assured they'll want to keep the Michael Myers machine running for a quite a while.
Michael Already Survived One of The Worst Things That Could've Happened To Him
Director David Gordon Green had this to say about what direction we can expect the new film to take:
You know, it's not a remake. 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.
Since this sequel follows Halloween II, Michael Myers will have survived the worst of the worst, which isn't unusual for him. However, withstanding bullets shot through your eyes, skull, chest, and THEN being engulfed in fire, is impressive to say the least.
Point is, if we thought Michael was tough to take down before, it'll be a lot harder to do this time around.
There Was/Is A Contract Saying Michael Myers Can't Die
When Jamie Lee Curtis signed on to do Halloween: H2O, it was her intention to have Laurie Strode face her fears, and kill Michael Myers for good. However, in a behind the scenes feature for Halloween: Resurrection, Jamie says she wasn't happy they were making a sequel. She also reveals that somewhere in her contract said Michael Myers couldn't be killed. Which is why there was a sequel planned after Halloween: H20, even before they began filming the movie.
Whether Michael Myers is still contractually obligated to stay alive is unknown. But if he is, we won't see his demise anytime soon.