John Carpenter talks return to Halloween


With filming now underway and Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle both sharing images from the set, to whet fans appetites, the legendary John Carpenter has spoken about his return to the franchise for the first time since Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

Speaking to Rotten Tomatoes, he was pretty straight forward when asked how he got involved again.

“Well they asked me,” he said.

Malek Akkad had re-acquired the rights to the franchise and had teamed up with Jason Blum from Blumhouse and got in touch with Carpenter about being involved and a financial bonus.

“They were willing to pay me, which is always a good thing, so I said yes,” Carpenter added.

The horror master has previously stated that he didn’t mind other filmmakers remaking his work as long as he got satisfactory compensation, something that didn’t always happen with remakes of The Fog and Assault on Precinct 13.

Carpenter revealed he had hadn’t bothered with all of the Halloween sequels, but felt a motivation after meeting David Gordon Green and Danny McBride and giving their idea for the film his approval.

“Finally it occurred to me – well if I’m just flapping my gums here, talking about it, why don’t I try to make it as good as I can?

“I could offer advice. I could talk to the director. I like the director very much. I like the script. So you know, stop throwing rocks from the sidelines and get in there and try to do something positive.

‘Halloween’ reunites Carpenter with Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle for the first time toegther since the 1978 original, which this new film carries on from, creating a new alternative timelines from Halloweens 2-8.

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