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Jamie Lee Curtis Gives Us Our First Look at Laurie Strode in Upcoming Halloween Sequel!

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As a fan of horror movies I am often suspect of reboots/revamps, etc, but I’m trash for three horror franchises Hellraiser, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween. So when I heard about the upcoming Halloween sequel I was excited but wary.

Today, Jamie Lee Curtis, the scream queen herself, took to Instagram and posted a picture of herself on the set of the upcoming Halloween sequel wearing a very familiar hairstyle.

 

From what we currently know now about the upcoming film it will be a direct sequel to the original Halloween (1978) ignoring everything, including the sequel from 1981. This makes sense because Curtis did agree to appear in Halloween: Resurrection (2002) only if they agreed to kill off her character, Laurie Strode, sister of  Michael Myers.

I’ll admit, I am a little disappointed at this total erasure of the later movies, I think Halloween II is a solid sequel and I actually really like the character of Jamie Lloyd as she existed in Halloween 4 &5, not so much 6. Plus, of all the franchises with way more sequels than they deserve, I would say that the Halloween movies are among the best of the horror franchises.

The story will take place 40 years after the original movie where Laurie will, shocker, face Michael Myers once again. John Carpenter has given his blessing to the script and is serving as executive producer.

Danny McBride was one of the writers on the film and spoke about the process of getting the movie greenlit to Yahoo movies:

“I’m a humongous Halloween fan, so when David and I got approached about doing this from Blumhouse [the studio behind Get Out], the first thing David and I said was, ‘We’ll come up with a take, but we have to pitch it to [franchise creator John] Carpenter. If he’s not interested, we’re definitely not into making this.’ And [executive producer] Jason Blum was totally on board with that. That’s exactly what he wanted to do anyway,” McBride says. “So we came up with our pitch. We pitched to Carpenter, and he was into it, which kind of blew David and me away, but I still think nobody was really talking about Jamie. … I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to. So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

McBride has said that this film will serve as a bit of an “alternative reality” to the original franchise, and I for one think this can’t be any more of a mess than the Rob Zombie movies. I know some people really like them, but I am not interested in the prequel tragic backstory of Michael Myers or the hypersexualization of every woman in that film. I’m fine with the idea that Myers was born evil and is somehow, an indestructible creature of darkness. Tragic origin story not needed. Didn’t we learn that from Star Wars?

The film will be coming out this Halloween season on Oct. 19, 2018, and I for one will be there opening night if only to see the queen of horror back in her element.

(via Instagram, image: Compass International Pictures)

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