This is a bit nerdy, forgive me, but today's news (broken by my friends at Bloody-Disgusting) that Nick Castle is putting the mask back on for the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween sequel coming out next year really put a smile on my face.
Michael Myers is a silent character, so you may think what's the big deal about the dude behind the mask coming back? Well, so much of that initial performance is sold through body language. Not just the actual shape of The Shape, but little tics, like when Myers stabs that dude in the the wall and then tilts his head back and forth examining his handiwork. That gives this character some personality.
Nick Castle wasn't an actor, but a colleague of John Carpenter's. He's a writer (Escape from New York) and director who would go on to make The Last Starfighter and he's also a musician. He and Carpenter formed a band with Tommy Lee Wallace called The Coupe De Villes who most notably did the title song for Big Trouble in Little China.
This new Halloween movie was written by Green and Danny McBride and will once again bring back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, an interesting choice in that it almost certainly means they're just flat out ignoring most, if not all, of the sequels.
They've said they're going back to the original in terms of tone and also story. This is a direct sequel, but it's still not clear at what point they're picking up the story. Certainly all the rune/cult bullshit is out the window as is Strode's death in that shitty one where Myers faces down with Busta Rhymes.
The big question is whether they're keeping Michael and Laurie brother and sister, a revelation from Halloween 2. I could see them going either way, honestly, and ultimately I'm just excited to see what Green, McBride and producer Jason Blum are doing with this legacy sequel, especially since Carpenter has been mentoring them and already committed to come back to score the new film.
Anyway, Nick Castle coming back as The Shape is another detail that ties this film directly back to the original and I think it's a fantastic move.
Halloween (2018) is slated for release next Fourth of July... No, I'm fucking with you. Of course Halloween is coming out around Halloween. October 19th, 2018 to be specific.