Jason Blum Explains How ‘Halloween Kills’ Won’t Suffer from the Same Problems as ‘Lord of the Rings’

Jason Blum somehow makes a connection between “Halloween Kills” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy when teasing the upcoming sequel starring Jamie Lee Curtis…

It’s hard to imagine “Halloween” being compared to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy but executive producer Jason Blum just made that connection.

Following the breakout “Halloween” reboot/sequel released in 2018, Blumhouse Productions announced plans for two more films to close out the trilogy — “Halloween Kills,” which lands in theaters on October 16 followed by “Halloween Ends” on October 15, 2021. All of the films will be directed by David Gordon Green with Jamie Lee Curtis attached to star.

When the new “Halloween” film ended, it appeared that Laurie Strode had finally killed her boogeyman after trapping Michael Myers in a basement before setting her entire house on fire. Of course evil can never truly stay dead and Michael Myers will be resurrected for the upcoming sequel with a third film in the series already confirmed.

As he begins to promotion the new sequel “Halloween Kills,” Blumhouse talked about how the film will stand on its own with a complete story while still fitting into the larger trilogy plans being orchestrated. That’s how the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy got involved:

“I worried about it until I saw [the second one],” Blum told i09. “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.”

Essentially, Blum is saying that “Halloween Kills” will give audiences a satisfying beginning, middle and end to the story while still understanding that a third part is already on the way. Apparently that wasn’t abundantly clear when the “Lord of the Rings” films started with “The Fellowship of the Rings” before that movie was eventually followed by “The Two Towers” and “Return of the King.”

“[Halloween Kills] feels like a complete movie,” Blum said. “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.”

According to Blum, plans for the upcoming “Halloween” trilogy started coming together after he saw the new film from Green ahead of its release. While that movie initially started as a stand alone project, Blum and Green saw the potential for the story to continue and that’s what eventually spawned “Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends.”

“After we saw the first movie we started talking about making it a trilogy,” Blum said. “We started talking to David about ‘What if we continue this?’ And it was his idea of like, ‘I know what I would do. I would do two and three. I know what the stories are.’ And we started talking about it even before the movie came out.
“And then we were lucky enough to get to do it. So we finished the second one and we’re about to start the third one. I just saw the second one. It’s pretty good.”

In addition to Curtis returning for “Halloween Kills,” Judy Greer and Andi Matichak will also reprise their roles from the previous “Halloween” movie. Two more famous characters from the original “Halloween” in 1978 will also appear in the upcoming sequel with Anthony Michael Hall taking over the role as Tommy Doyle while Kyle Richards will reprise her role as Lindsey Wallace — the two children who Laurie Strode was babysitting when Michael Myers came home on that fateful night more than 40 years ago.

There’s been no footage released from “Halloween Kills” just yet but if production on the movie is already completed, there’s a chance we could get our first look at the upcoming sequel in the near future.

“Halloween Kills” will officially land in theaters on October 16.

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