The horror genre has been in a renaissance for the past few years, as filmmakers bring quality films to theaters, making a ton of money at the box office in the process. Many of the most recent hits come from Blumhouse, including Oscar winning Get Out, as well as Happy Death Day and Don’t Breathe. The studio recently turned it’s focus on the classics, with David Gordon Green’s Halloween debuting in October, and becoming one of the franchise’s most successful installments.
Given the critical and box office juggernaut Halloween ended up being, fans immediately began wondering if another sequel could be on its way. After all, the three Strode women survived their ordeal with Michael, and the villain’s breathing can be heard during the film’s credits. Now it seems the Halloween sequel has taken a major step forward, as Narcos producer Scott Teems will reportedly write the project.
This news comes to us from Collider, and hasn’t been confirmed by Blumhouse or Scott Teems himself. Still, it’s an exciting development that horror fans will be over the moon about. Jason Blum himself has repeatedly expressed interest in bringing another Halloween flick to theaters, so it stands to reason that development would get kickstarted sooner rather than later.
Then again, Scott Teems’ involvement in the Halloween sequel has other implications, mainly that the trio of original writers may no longer be handling the narrative. Blumhouse’s Halloween was written by superfans Jeff Fradley, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green (who also directed). That group had serious love and reverence for John Carpenter’s 1978 original, and crafted a narrative that defied the canon and had a surprisingly emotional core.
It will be interesting to see whether or not David Gordon Green ends up helming the Halloween sequel, which is still very early in the development process. Green did great work with his movie, which was a critical success and made a whopping $253.7 million in theaters on an indie budget of around $15 million. If he doesn’t end up returning for another installment, Blumhouse may have a hard time nailing down the same cast.
When previously asked if she’d play Laurie Strode in another Halloween flick, franchise star Jamie Lee Curtis expressed interest, on one condition. She wanted David Gordon Green back in the director’s chair, to once again service the character of Laurie, as well as Karen and Allyson. Collider’s report regarding Scott Teems’ involvement indicated the trio Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are poised to return for the movie, so it’ll be fascinating to see where the cards ultimately lie.
Narratively, there are a ton of threads for Scott Teems to potentially pull from. Laurie’s trauma was a fascinating focus in the last film, and now Karen and Allyson have their own to grapple with– in addition to Michael’s inevitable return for blood.
CinemaBlend will keep you updated on all things Halloween as details become public. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.