John Carpenter may not be returning to the director’s chair for the new Halloween movie, but it seems he has now agreed to compose the score for the horror reboot, which is being helmed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.
“I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I’ve made a deal to do the music,” Carpenter tells Billboard (via Dark Horizons). “There are many options. I’ll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I’ll have to see the movie to see what it requires.”
On the subject of Halloween scores, be sure to check out Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ remix of the original Carpenter theme…
Meanwhile, Carpenter also revealed that the new film will only acknowledge the first Halloween film, as opposed to the first two, which was what was previously believed to be the case:
“[Jamie Lee Curtis] talked to the director. Her part was written into the script and they had this idea — it’s kind of a… I don’t know how to describe it. It’s almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one, and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It’s gonna be fun. There’s a really talented director and it was well-written. I’m impressed.”
So, if we’re going to be picking things up after the events of the first movie, that means the last we saw of Michael Myers was him falling from an upstairs window after being shot by Dr. Loomis, with his body then disappearing from the garden below. It wasn’t established that Curtis’ Laurie Strode was Michael’s brother until the second film either. So, what brings The Shape back after 40 years if not family ties, and what has Michael been up to all this time?