News regarding next year’s long awaited Halloween sequel continues to trickle out as the holiday itself nears! One of the main questions surrounding the movie has been the depth of John Carpenter‘s involvement. According to an interview from Coming Soon with producer Jason Blum, we may have an answer!

 

When asked about Carpenter’s involvement, Blum had this to say:

We don’t take any big steps without his approval, so for instance hiring David and Danny he approved. He approved their pitch, he approved their first script. He approved bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis. So anytime we make a big creative turn he’s involved with that and we don’t do it without his blessing.

Blum was further pressed on how much of Carpenter’s creative control was financially driven:

We went to him and asked him to be involved. There was no contractual, financial or any other obligation to have him on this movie. We went back and asked him to join us again.

This surely comes as a relief to fans of the franchise who have been subjected to decades of cash-grab sequels. It’s a well-known story that producer Moustapha Akkad, who was involved with every film in the series until his death, refused to kill off Michael Myers as long as the films profited. One can question just how different the series would have been had the focus been on quality over quantity. Fortunately, this news appears to be a step in that direction!

In addition to this, an interesting question was asked about the rumored original story for Halloween 4. The whisperings were that Carpenter himself did not want to see Myers come back in physical form, but rather as a spirit that haunted Haddonfield years after the massacre. While Blum said he had not discussed this with Carpenter, it will be exciting to see if long-lived mysteries like this will be answered in the coming months.

The film is set to debut in theaters October 19th, 2018.

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