“Let him burn!” The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in HALLOWEEN KILLS, the next thrilling chapter of the ‘Halloween’ franchise. However, fans will have to wait a bit longer to see the hotly anticipated horror sequel, as Universal has confirmed it has pushed back the film’s release a full year, moving it to October 2021. Not wanting to leave horror fans empty-handed, the studio released a short but very memorable teaser which you can check out below.
Both the film’s director David Gordon Green and franchise creator and producer John Carpenter released a joint statement addressing the delay:
We write this to you heartbroken over the fact that the delay of our film is even a discussion, but if there’s one thing that a career in the film industry has prepared us for, it is the unexpected. Over the past few weeks, our film family has looked at the forecast of the theatrical exhibition with obvious concern. We have discussed and struggled with how best to present “Halloween Kills” to the loyal fans around the world, as well as the new audience we hope to invite to this experience.
It was a wild and vibrant production. We lined up a cast of legacy characters like Laurie and Tommy, Lindsey, Lonnie, Marion, Brackett and The Shape, then alongside some new faces, we aggressively made the second chapter of our “Halloween” trilogy. It unfolded into an experience that was a creative playground and we feel confident that our misfit pleasures will be seen as an unexpected entry into this franchise.
If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a comprised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film’s theatrical release by one year.
On top of a traditional release, Universal has agreed to an IMAX presentation of the film in October 2021. We are sound mixing with one of the greatest design teams that can slash, scream and creep their way under your skin. We’re going to have time to complete the film with the quality that fans deserve. And preparation on ‘
It is an honour to be working with these characters and spending time in Haddonfield. We look forward to sharing our next chapters with you.Halloween Ends’ has begun as well.
HALLOWEEN KILLS is released in Irish cinemas October 2021.