Jamie Lee Curtis and her "Halloween" alter-ego Laurie Strode returned to Comic-Con on Friday, where she spoke with TooFab about getting into Strode's shoes again almost 40 years after the original movie.
The new installment is a direct sequel to the 1978 John Carpenter classic and will ignore the rest of the franchise -- which, yes, includes her character's demise by Michael Myers in "Halloween: Resurrection." Though she and director David Gordon Green promised Easter eggs throughout for franchise fans, don't expect to see one famous face: Kyle Richards.
The now "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star appeared as Lindsay Wallace in the first film, one of the kids Laurie was babysitting when the masked murderer started picking off her friends. We asked Curtis and producer Malek Akkad -- whose family has produced the series -- about some of the rejected ideas over the years and whether they ever considered a Kyle cameo.
"I swear in this franchise, everything has been a thought at this point and I have heard some of the most incredibly ludicrous pitches I'd have to say," said Akkad. "Sometime, that would make a good book in itself. Fantastically crazy wild pitches."
Then Curtis came up with her own. "I have one for you. Can you imagine if Laurie Strode was in downtown Haddonfield and all of a sudden Kyle was walking toward her with her friends -- because she's now a grown woman, maybe she has kids of her own -- and she sees Laurie Strode. Because Laurie Strode has such a bad reputation in town for being this dogmatic boy who cried Wolf, Michael Myers, Michael Myers, she sort of sees her and is like, 'Kids, let's [motion pushing them away].' That would have been genius!"
Sadly, she added, "It's actually too late, it's too late," to do it now.
When asked by TooFab how this version of Laurie compares to the one we saw in both the original and "Halloween: H20," Curtis was quick to shoot down any connection to the latter.
"H20 has no relevance, H20 Laurie was running and hiding, so the conception of H20 was Laurie was running and hiding. This movie has zero relevance to H20," she explained. "This movie is a standalone movie to the first movie, period, because you can't tell the story if you have to link in all the rest … though David will tell you that there are elements of all of those movies, there's some Easter eggs."
"There are shoutouts to honor the entire franchise, which was something that was important to me," added Green, "that we're not diminishing every story that's been told on their own, had their own imagination and their own. People who loved this franchise have gone in with their visions and made movies and that's a dream come true for every director I'd imagine. I think it's important to say, great job guys, now I'm going to run in a different direction but give you a shoutout."
Curtis told a group of reporters that Jake Gyllenhaal talked her into doing the movie, after he worked with Green on "Stronger." After learning that Jason Blum and the Akkads would also be involved, she looked at the script and she was in.
"I read the script. I said just let me read it and within an hour, right away I knew, from the opening frames of this girl Alison, my granddaughter, in her bedroom, in Haddonfield, opening the closet, pulling the light to get her sweater for school," she said. "I was like, okay I totally know where this is going. It's homaging, and yet it's a totally new story. It's fantastic. It was that fast, like that."
Green also collaborated with Carpenter on the project, the two directors having a meeting of the minds before shooting.
Green said he went to John to "to see what he had to say," adding that "it was important to all of us to get all of the original creative voices together and get the thumbs up." Though Carpenter had "some questions, some concerns," they were ones that were talked through "as any creative meeting would." The best part: Carpenter's phone rang during the meeting. The ring tone: the "Halloween" theme.
"Ultimately he said, love the idea, gave a wicked laugh and we said, 'also we want you to do the music,'" said Green, which Carpenter also did.
"You have to know, nobody did this for money," Curtis interjected. "This wasn't a pay day movie. These were people who wanted to homage the original movie and go back to being with film geeks and make something terrifying and gorgeous."
We can't wait! "Halloween" opens October 19, 2018.