‘Halloween’ director details how Michael Myers has changed since the original film
The slasher's director has teased new information on the Shape.August 30, 2018
Michael Myers is about to make his return to Haddonfield, but it seems like not much has changed.
When the infamous slasher Halloween hit theaters back in 1978, not much was known about the masked killer Michael Myers. Since the first movie’s release, the air of mystery was quickly taken away as more sequels, a backstory of Myers, came to be.
While we may know more about Michael from the franchise’s many sequels, that doesn’t appear to have phased the creators of the forthcoming sequel.
As we know, the 2018 Halloween is set to ignore every film besides the very first one, essentially taking away everything long-time fans know about the masked killer, something that Director and co-writer David Gordon Green thought tried to recreate.
In a new interview with the L.A. Times, Green has shared that the character hasn’t really evolved much from when we last saw Michael at the end of the 1978 film, saying:
“Michael Myers hasn’t evolved as a character in any way, shape or form [since 1978]; he’s the essence of evil,” Green shared with the L.A. Times. “He has no character. He has no personality. He has no interests. He never has. He’s someone that is moving forward and reacting to the world around him, but not with any sort of conscious objective. And how the world around him reacts to his behavior is where our story comes to life.”
The approach to Michael’s character seems to be one of the many things the new Halloween creators are doing to keep things as close to the original as possible. Details of the upcoming movie have been scarce, but here’s what we know so far:
We recently found out the Green’s take on the ’78 slasher isn’t a reboot, more-so a “reinvention” of the first film. In a prior interview with Variety, the film’s producer Jason Blum wants fans to know that this new film isn’t a reboot of the horror movie franchise.
“The way to get people interested is to not reboot. The term makes my hair stand up on the back of my neck. What we’re doing with Halloween is, I guess I’ll use the term ‘reinvention.’ Reboot just sounds so corporate. The way we attacked Halloween was to go after what we’ve done with a lot of other movies.”
“The Shape” has finally made his long-awaited return, and besides the nightmares that he’s sure to bring, he’ll also be bringing scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, the shape himself Nick Castle, and the mastermind behind it all, John Carpenter with him.
While we’re not sure what to expect from Myer’s new cat-like qualities, we do know that the film is going to feature one giant battle between the infamous slasher and his victim Laurie Strode.
Per the film’s official synopsis:
“Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”
That’s right, the new film is set to bring audiences back to Haddonfield one more time, almost 40 years later, to see the final battle between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers.
Of course, the films have had a long history and with this reboot, it appears that fans will have to forget everything that happened in the franchise’s previous plot lines, including those of Rob Zombie‘s 2007 and 2009 remakes.
Be sure to watch the Halloween reboot when it hits theaters Oct. 19.