Halloween franchise veteran Jamie Lee Curtis has officially wrapped filming on Halloween Ends.
The actor, who first played Laurie Strode in 1978’s Halloween, celebrated the end of production on Halloween Ends in a post to Instagram. “A bittersweet END for me on the Halloween movies,” she wrote. “I’ve made great friends and have collaborated with wonderful artists on these three movies and today my part in the film has been completed and with it the END for me of this trilogy. It’s all because of the fans who have always supported me and most importantly, Laurie…” Curtis thanked the cast and crew behind the Halloween revival trilogy. Additionally, she shared a photo of a tattoo that reads “LAURIE STRODE 4 EVER.” It’s unclear if Curtis is the one who actually got the tattoo, though it would certainly be a nice nod to the role that kicked off her career.
John Carpenter’s original Halloween was Curtis’ film debut. The horror/slasher movie was, at one point, the most profitable independent film ever made, earning $70 million at the box office despite its modest $300,000 budget. Its massive success spawned 12 additional feature films, as well as novels, video games and comic books — not to mention the fact that series antagonist Michael Myers’ outfit has become a staple of Halloween in real life.
David Gordon Green directed 2018’s Halloween (the first Halloween film in nearly a decade), as well as 2021’s Halloween Kills and the upcoming Halloween Ends. Rather than remaking Halloween, Green and writers Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride decided to continue the mythology of the first film and ignore all the sequels released in the interim. The 2018 “requel” had strong box office numbers, grossing $255 million worldwide on its $10 million budget. Halloween Kills, which debuted simultaneously in theaters and on Peacock, didn’t reach the numbers of its predecessor but remained one of the highest-grossing horror movies of 2021. Green has stated unequivocally that Halloween Ends will serve as his final Halloween film.
That said, there is always room for the franchise to expand. McBride said in an interview, “I think no way and I wouldn’t want it [to end]. I feel like Michael Myers is such an iconic horror character, there’s a simplicity to why he’s scary that I think it will always be relevant for generations to come. I think we’re lucky enough to have a shot at it right now. I’m sure 1o years from now there’ll be another group of knuckleheads that think they have the answer to what they should do with Michael Myers next.”
According to producer Malek Akkad, Halloween Ends will be rather contained and narrow in scope, as opposed to being a grand-scale epic finale. Green himself described the film as “a more intimate movie.” It has also been revealed that while Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills take place on the same night, Halloween Ends will pick up after a four-year time jump.
Halloween Ends slashes its way into theaters on Oct. 14.