In a brief exchange on Twitter, Blumhouse Productions CEO and Halloween producer Jason Blum stated that there are currently no plans for a sequel to the upcoming film due out in October. The response came after a follower asked the question of a potential when the film opens with a $100 million weekend box office take (this is the Twitter user’s guess estimate, not an official figure). Blum responded in a now-deleted tweet with “We don’t have a plan, but I love your question.” In a previous tweet asking if there would be sequels, Blum responded with “I really hope so.”
Slightly contradicting Blum’s comments would be writer Danny McBride’s statements made in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in the past. McBride explained:
“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.”
Back in 1978, after the success of the original film, writer/director John Carpenter was fully aware the studio would want a sequel from him. Carpenter produced a sequel script where Michael Myers dies in the end and then a third original film that is in no way connected to the Myers storyline. However, when audiences and critics panned the third film, the studio brought Michael back from the dead and a new Myers timeline progressed. Therefore, the resetting of timelines and story-arcs aren’t new to The Shape’s mythology.
Halloween opens nationwide on October 19th.