Until now, the wildly successful Halloween franchise has had the October market pretty well cornered.
After all, just look at the date that spooky day always falls on–October 31.
But next year, the third and (maybe) final installment in the current trilogy–Halloween Ends from Universal and Blumhouse–will have to slash its way to box office gold, according to comicbook.com.
The battle for bucks was set up when Warner Bros. decided to bump back the release of arguably the most-anticipated movie of the year, The Batman, starring Twilight star Robert Pattinson.
The latest cinematic incarnation of the Dark Knight now will open Oct. 1, 2021 due to scheduling and shooting delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis.
And that butts heads with the scheduled opening of the latest chapter in the 42-year-old struggle between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Halloween Ends will hit theaters Oct. 15, 2021, just two weeks after The Batman, which figures to a huge draw at the box office.
And, just to complicate matters further for Halloween Ends, the action flick Uncharted— starring Tom Holland (the current film Spider-Man) and Mark Wahlberg and directed by Venom filmmaker Ruben Fleischer–will come to theaters Oct. 8, 2021. This film is based on the popular PlayStation video game franchise.
Whew! Will there be enough sawbucks to go around next October?
Halloween Ends –the third movie in the new horror trilogy that started with 2018’s Halloween, a sequel to the original 1978 blockbuster–may or may not be the final go-round for Myers and Strode (played again, of course, by the ageless Jamie Lee Curtis).
The filmmakers are playing this one close to the vest. Even plot details are sketchy. Sources have only said that this film–directed by David Gordon Green with a score by none other than John Carpenter–will show that “the saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode isn’t over.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for any updates on a very crowded October 2021.