When you really want an answer, go to the source. And, for the Halloween franchise, John Carpenter is the source.
The legendary filmmaker and composer–who directed and co-wrote the original 1978 Halloween–has served as a producer on the current David Gordon Green trilogy. A trilogy that supposedly will wrap up with this year’s Halloween Ends.
So, what’s the skinny, John?
Carpenter admitted in a recent interview with comicbook.com that even he doesn’t really know. “This time,” he said, “I do not know. They really want it to end. They’re going to shut if off–end it. It’s what David has in mind, and that’s fine.”
But, on the other hand, Carpenter said he understands the movie business. “If you take a dollar sign and attach it to anything, there will be someone who wants to do a sequel. It will live,” he said. “If the dollar sign is not big enough–no matter what–it will not live.”
Producer Jason Blum was equally ambivalent when asked about the future of the franchise. “We made an arrangement for three movies,” Blum said. “I would love to extend it, but we’re very busy making sure the third movie is spectacular, because that’s our immediate job.”
Blum added that if the franchise goes beyond that, “I’d be thrilled. But there are currently no plans for us to be involved after this third movie.”
Halloween Ends–directed by Green from a screenplay he wrote with Danny McBride, Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier–will be set four years after the events in last year’s Halloween Kills and will bring back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, Andi Matichak as her granddaughter Allyson, Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace and James Jude Courtney as Michael Myers. Newcomer Michael O’Leary will play Dr. Mathis.
Halloween Ends is scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 14, so keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on what may (or may not) be the franchise finale.