Danny McBride Has a HALLOWEEN Sequel Planned, Jake Gyllenhaal Helped Get Jamie Lee Curtis Back, and Trauma is a Big Theme
We've got some interesting new information for you regarding the upcoming Halloween film from David Gordon Green and Danny McBride. A lot of fans seemed to like the first teaser trailer that was released for the film. I did! It definitely got me excited!
Turns out when the creative team first started working on the project, Danny McBride also had a sequel idea and he wanted to shoot the two films back to back. In fact, that was the original plan. McBride told EW:
"We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back…Then we were like, Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like. So, we were like, Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it."
That's probably the smart thing to do. But, at least we know that there is a sequel coming that will continue the story of this first film that will be released.
One of the things I was very happy to see regarding this film is that Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be back to reprise her role as Laurie Strode. I honestly never thought I'd see her in another Halloween movie ever again because she was killed off in Halloween: Resurrection. But, thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal, she came back for this film.
Yeah, Jake Gyllenhaal is an unlikely source, but according to Variety, Gyllenhaal is a family friend of Curtis’, and he apparently tracked down Curtis while she was on vacation and urged her to talk to director David Gordon Green about doing another Halloween film. Gyllenhaal and Green worked together on the film Stronger where they became friends. Curtis ended up talking to Green and she took the role! When comparing Green to John Carpenter, Curtis said:
“They’re both laid back and don’t take themselves too seriously."
One of the main things that drew Curtis back into the role in the new Halloween film was the theme of trauma. When talking to Halloweenmovies.com, Curtis explained:
"I have a friend of mine who is a doctor, a neuropsychologist, and they are studying stress and trauma now in children. Whatever the trauma, be it abuse, physical or emotional violence, whatever it is, the effect changes your brain chemistry, so for me what’s crucial is what level that trauma had on this character, who is now fifty-eight years old. And that trauma for her is this perseverating sense of eventuality that Michael will come back, and that every day of her life has been in preparation for that meeting."
Curtis goes on to talk about what Laurie Strode has gone through over the years up until the point we meet her again in this new movie:
"[Laurie] lives alone…She has tried to live in society but society has not been welcoming. There weren’t a lot of mental health professionals helping this young woman, so she banged her way into her life…This is a woman who knows exactly where Michael is and she knows (what he’s capable of), even though [others] are convinced that he’s somebody who they can maybe manage, work with through drugs, rehabilitate, and all of the rest of it. She is the only one who knows exactly who he is, and that’s who we find."
I like how they are handling this character in this new film. Seems like they have a better grasp and understanding of the character than the other films did.
Halloween opens on October 19, 2018.