Jamie Lee Curtis was on hand during Universal’s CinemaCon session today to introduce the first-look trailer for the upcoming Halloween sequel. Curtis, who starred in the original 1978 movie, said when she was first approached for the new film, she didn’t hesitate. “I heard what they were thinking and I immediately said yes,” she said. “First of all, except for Star Wars, I can’t think of another movie that the same actor playing the same character 40 years.”
Considering that the original was made so cheaply that the mask worn by Michael Myers was purportedly a spray painted Halloween mask of Star Trek‘s Captain Kirk, the franchise has shown remarkable resilience. This iteration brought back the original horror maestro, John Carpenter as the film’s exec producer. The trailer shown to the exhibitor crowd opens in the mental asylum where Myers is incarcerated. Cut to Curtis’ Laurie Strode, still traumatized years after her encounter with the masked murderer, who is her brother. “I pray every night that he would escape… so I could kill him.” Of course he does, and Laurie goes on a spree to fulfill that desire.
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride penned the modern take on the franchise, which Green is directing. Green and McBride are exec producing with Carpenter through their Rough House Pictures.
Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the series since its inception, is producing along with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse.
Universal will release the pic October 19.