Having originally been slated to arrive last October, Halloween Kills found itself pushed back a full year due to the coronavirus outbreak, with the latest instalment in the iconic slasher series now currently set to arrive in theaters on October 15th 2021.
There is of course still the matter of the pandemic, but with some eight months still to go until the film’s release and the COVID-19 vaccine roll out well underway, there’s a glimmer of hope that things could return to some sort of new normality by the time Halloween rolls around.
If not however, then it seems that Michael Myers could be sent straight-t0-streaming, with franchise creator and Halloween Kills executive producer John Carpenter addressing that very possibility during a recent interview with NME (via Dark Horizons).
“These guys are making decisions that they consider in their best interests,” said Carpenter. “This is what they see the future is going to be like and so to get these things out they think this is the best way to do it.”
“Halloween may be shared that way [streaming] because theatres are dead,” he continued. “It’s just the reality right now. And it’s a tragedy, but it’s true. We just have to face it. The studio did contact David [Gordon Green, director] and I, and they had us put off the new one by a year in the hope that things got better. So we’re still hoping it will get better.”
Big screen or small, it seems that another delay is out of the question, with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum stating that: “come hell or high water, vaccine or no vaccine, it is coming out [on October 15th].” As for the next instalment Halloween Ends, that currently remains set for October 14th 2022.
Halloween Kills is directed by David Gordon Green from a script by Green and Danny McBride and sees Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode) Judy Greer (Karen), Andi Matichak (Allyson), Jibrail Nantambu (Julian), Kyle Richards (Lindsey Wallace), Nancy Stephens (Nurse Marion), Charles Cyphers (Sheriff Brackett) and Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney (The Shape) all reprising their roles, while new additions include Anthony Michael Hall (The Dead Zone) as Tommy Doyle, and Robert Longstreet (The Haunting of Hill House) as Lonnie Elam. The film is currently scheduled to release on October 15th, 2021.