|Directed by||David Gordon Green|
|Music by||John Carpenter|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
Halloween Kills is an upcoming 2020 American slasher film directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride and Scott Teems. It is a sequel to 2018's Halloween and the twelfth and penultimate installment in the Halloween franchise. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle reprising their roles as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, with James Jude Courtney also portraying Myers. It also stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards, Anthony Michael Hall, Dylan Arnold, Robert Longstreet, Charles Cyphers and Nancy Stephens. The film is produced by Jason Blum through his Blumhouse Productions banner, alongside Malek Akkad and Bill Block.
Before the release of the 2018 film, McBride in June 2018 confirmed that he and Green had originally intended to pitch two films that would be shot back-to-back, and then decided against it, waiting to see the reaction to the first film. By February 2019, Teems was hired to co-write the script. The film's title was announced in July 2019, along with its sequel. Principal photography commenced in September 2019 in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Halloween Kills is scheduled to be released in the United States on October 16, 2020, by Universal Pictures. A sequel, Halloween Ends, is scheduled to be released on October 15, 2021.
"Exactly two years after the events of the previous film, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), now trying to have a new life with her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak), returns home to Haddonfield. Unfortunately, on a Halloween night, Laurie's appearance also brings about the return of Michael Myers, putting Laurie, Karen, and Allyson, along with Allyson's friends, and the whole town of Haddonfield in danger.
- Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, the sole survivor of Michael Myers' 1978 killing spree, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She is Karen's mother and Allyson's grandmother.
- Judy Greer as Karen Nelson, Laurie's daughter and Allyson's mother.
- Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson, Karen's daughter and Laurie's granddaughter.
- Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace, Tommy's friend and one of the kids Laurie babysat in 1978.
- Anthony Michael Hall as Tommy Doyle, Lindsey's friend and one of the kids Laurie babysat in 1978.
- Dylan Arnold as Cameron Elam, Allyson's ex-boyfriend and Lonnie's son.
- Robert Longstreet as Lonnie Elam, Cameron's father who bullied Tommy Doyle as a child in 1978.
- Charles Cyphers as Leigh Brackett, the former sheriff of Haddonfield who pursued Michael alongside Dr. Sam Loomis in 1978.
- Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers, the former assistant to Dr. Sam Loomis.
- Omar Dorsey as Sheriff Barker, Haddonfield’s sheriff.
- Jibrail Nantambu as Julian, a young boy who escaped from Michael’s killing spree in the previous film.
- Victoria Page Watkins as Christy
- Brian F. Durkin as Deputy Graham, Haddonfield’s deputy
- James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle as Michael Myers / The Shape, the masked figure who carried out a horrific massacre on Halloween in 1978, and returns to Haddonfield for another killing spree.
In June 2018, Danny McBride confirmed that he and David Gordon Green had originally intended to pitch two films that would be shot back-to-back, and then decided against it, waiting to see the reaction to the first film:
"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."
In September 2018, producer Jason Blum said that "we will do a sequel if the movie performs". By October 2018, after the film's opening weekend, McBride confirmed that early development on a sequel had begun.
In February 2019, Collider exclusively confirmed Scott Teems was in talks as the screenwriter, having collaborated with Blumhouse Productions on several projects in development. Teems had also written a story treatment for the film prior to the negotiations. Blum, Malek Akkad and Bill Block will return as producers, while Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak are expected to reprise their roles.
In June 2019, it was reported that a sequel will begin filming in September 2019, with Green returning to write the script and direct and Curtis, Greer, and Matichak reprising their roles from the 2018 film. In July 2019, Universal Pictures revealed the titles and release dates of two sequels were announced: Halloween Kills, set to be released on October 16, 2020, and Halloween Ends, set to be released on October 15, 2021. Green will direct both films and co-write the scripts with McBride, and Curtis will reprise her role in both films. Teems was confirmed as a co-writer for Halloween Kills, while Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier were announced to co-write Halloween Ends.
On July 26, 2019, it was confirmed that Nick Castle will return for both sequels for some scenes as Michael Myers with James Jude Courtney again playing Myers for the majority of the films. On August 26, 2019, it was announced that Anthony Michael Hall would join the cast as Tommy Doyle, a character portrayed by Brian Andrews in the original Halloween film.
On August 30, 2019, it was announced that Kyle Richards would reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace from the original film. In August 2019, Charles Cyphers was rumored to reprise his role as Sheriff Leigh Brackett from the original film and its 1981 sequel. On September 5, 2019, it was reported that Robert Longstreet would play Lonnie Elam, a character from the original film. Jibrail Nantambu is set to reprise his role as Julian from the previous film. Newcomer Victoria Page Watkins and Brian F. Durkin are added to the cast.
In July 2019, a spokesperson for Blumhouse Productions confirmed that Halloween Kills and its sequel Halloween Ends will commence production and filming in Wilmington, North Carolina at the same time. The movie commenced filming September 19, 2019.
According to a film permit obtained from the city, there will be a news reporter scene giving updates on the events of the 2018 film. Filming in Wilmington on September 20 to 21 involved a car wreck scene. Additional filmography will include simulated gunfire occurring on September 27, September 30, and October 1.
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