The Blumhouse reboot/sequel of Halloween that was released in 2018 was both a critical and commercial success, and two sequels have already been announced in Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. Now, Blumhouse head Jason Blum is sharing some new details on the first sequel, while also allaying fears that the film won’t be able to stand on its own as the second part of a trilogy.
While discussing the sequel, Blum revealed that Halloween Kills is a larger film than you might expect. “Halloween Kills is a very big movie. I can tell you that,” Blum told TooFab. “The canvas of Halloween Kills is very large.” That tracks with what we know about the film, including the fact that it’s bringing back two key players from the original film in a now-adult Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall) and Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards).
Blum also assured fans that the movie won’t suffer from any sort of middle child syndrome, and inexplicably targeted The Lord of the Rings as how not to do a movie trilogy. “I worried about it until I saw [the second one, Halloween Kills]. And David [Gordon Green, director] worried about it. That it would feel like, remember Lord of the Rings? Like you weren’t getting [the full story]? It doesn’t feel like that at all,” Blum told io9. “[Halloween Kills] feels like a complete movie. There’s a first, second, and third act. It has a big end. You still know from the end of the second movie where the third movie is going, but the second movie ends in a totally satisfying way. So it doesn’t feel like, you know, that Lord of the Rings issue that they had.”
Now, it’s worth stating that Lord of the Rings is one of the most iconic and successful movie trilogies ever, and Blum may be setting himself up for failure by essentially saying that his new Halloween trilogy is a better trilogy. In other words, you come at the king (Aragorn), you best not miss.
Halloween Kills arrives in theaters on Oct. 16.