Here at Moonbase Alpha, we’re all hugely looking forward to the return of the famed Shape in next October’s Halloween relaunch. And now, adding further to making the picture feel much like John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 original picture, is that the original Michael Myers will be returning to the fold.
As per Bloody Disgusting, Nick Castle has been brought in to once more play Michael; a role he played back in the original ’78 effort. Castle’s acting career has been minimal at best, with him only making a couple of uncredited appearances in fellow Carpenter movies Dark Star and Escape from New York. He has, however, had a decent career as a screenwriter and director, most notably co-writing the beloved Escape from New York and helming 1993’s Dennis the Menace. In addition to Castle returning to play Michael Myers, stuntman James Jude Courtney has also been brought in to deal with the more physical element of the role.
In terms of a further new addition for the film, Oscar-winning VFX artists Christopher Nelson has signed on to deal with the effects work at play. Nelson’s previous credits include the likes of Kill Bill, Sin City and Deadpool.
While many were maybe a little surprised to see Pineapple Express’ David Gordon Green and Kenny F’n Powers himself, Danny McBride, picked to handle this relaunch of a legendary horror franchise, fans have been won over by how the film is promising to return the series to its roots.
Firstly, Carpenter was brought in as an executive producer and creative consultant who will also provide new music for the film. Secondly, Jamie Lee Curtis was announced as returning as Laurie Strode, the role she played in Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween H20 and briefly (and tragically!) in Halloween: Resurrection. If that wasn’t enough to get fans of the original on board, it was then revealed that the picture would completely ignore anything other than Carpenter’s ’78 film. Instead, the movie would simply pick up several decades after the night he came home, wiping out anything bar the first Halloween. Joining Curtis in the picture will be Jurassic World’s Judy Greer and relative newcomer Andi Matichak; Greer playing Laurie’s daughter Karen, Matichak playing the granddaughter of Laurie.
The early word on this new Halloween effort reads:
Laurie Strode comes to her 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.
Seemingly just titled Halloween, the film is currently set for an October 19th, 2018 release.