Producer Jason Blum has announced through Twitter that “Halloween Kills,” the latest in the Halloween film franchise, has been delayed to October 2021. He cites a “compromised theatrical experience” amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason not to release the horror film this year.
It’s the kind of difficult decision that many producers have been making this year throughout the virus outbreak, with “Halloween Kills” just one of many to be unfortunately affected. The following is the statement from John Carpenter and David Gordon Green as published through Blum’s twitter account officially announcing the delay:
This wasn't an easy decision but we wanted to make sure you got the best experience. Here's a letter from DGG and John … and a sneak peek of #HalloweenKills to hold you over pic.twitter.com/LFqwzPNqGj
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) July 8, 2020
Despite this bad news for fans of the “Halloween” franchise, a teaser trailer for the film has been released to hold fans over who are eagerly awaiting the next step in the series. As the twelfth installment in the franchise, “Halloween Kills” sees Jamie Lee Curtis reprise her role as Laurie Strode once more, as well as the return of Michael Myers as played by Nick Castle who is revealed at the conclusion of the trailer.
Gordon Green returns to the director’s chair as he previously directed the 2018 version of “Halloween,” with Danny McBride also returning to the franchise to co-write the script along with Scott Teems. A sequel to “Halloween Kills” titled “Halloween Ends” is already in the works, currently scheduled for a 2022 release date.
The franchise began in 1978 with John Carpenter’s classic and has stood the test of time, with the series having released films throughout the 80s, 90s, 2000s, 2010s, and now the 2020s. Myers is considered as one of the most iconic film villains of all time, often mentioned alongside other horror fiends Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, with “Halloween Kills” furthering the character’s historic legacy.
Below is the teaser trailer for “Halloween Kills” as posted on the official Universal Pictures YouTube channel:
“Halloween Kills” will now arrive in theaters October 2021
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