John Carpenter Excepts ‘Halloween’ Franchise to Continue

John Carpenter

John Carpenter wouldn’t be surprised to see the Halloween franchise continue after Halloween Ends.

The final chapter of David Gordon Green’s trilogy, which is set to mark Jamie Lee Curtis’ final appearance as Laurie Strode, will be released later this year. But Carpenter thinks there will be a desire for even more films if it proves to be a hit with audiences.

Carpenter, who directed the original 1978 horror classic, told a panel at Pennsylvania’s Steel City Convention: “I didn’t expect there to be a sequel (to ‘Halloween’). The movie business is ruled by money.

“(The first) ‘Halloween’ made so much money, here they came again. The same guys saying, ‘Hey John, let’s do another one,'” Carpenter adds. “I guarantee you if ‘Halloween Ends’ makes a lot of money, guess what? Just guess what.”

The Halloween franchise has now spanned 13 films. But Carpenter confessed that he is only interested in those he has been involved in as a producer or composer.

“I don’t care about the ‘Halloween’ sequels. I made the first one as a director. And that’s the only one I care about except for the paycheck I get for the others.” the 74-year-old filmmaker said.

“I hate to be that kind of a guy, but that’s the truth.” Carpenter adds

Halloween Ends is scheduled for release in October. The film has been billed as a final battle to the death between Laurie Strode and serial killer Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney), who Carpenter describes as “a force of evil”.

“He’s just a force of nature, he has no character. He’s pure evil. And you cannot kill him, really,” Carpenter adds. “Although, wait until you see ‘Halloween Ends’. Wait until you see it.”


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