Halloween creator John Carpenter had a complicated relationship with the franchise, and here’s each of his proposed sequels that were rejected.
Carpenter has often stated that he never planned to make Halloween into a franchise. To him, the iconic ending of the movie, where Michael Myers disappears after being shot six times, was the end of the story. Eventually, he was forced to write and produce Halloween 2, which he handed over to another director. At the end of this episode, both Michael and his arch-enemy Mr. Loomis explode, which was Carpenter’s attempt to draw a line under this story.
Carpenter turned down the opportunity to direct Halloween: 20 years later in 1998. He was persuaded to return as executive producer and composer for the Blumhouse Halloween sequels, which concluded with Halloween Ends in 2022. With 13 Halloween movies now in existence, it is clear that Carpenter’s wish was not granted.
Here are all the rejected Carpenter Halloween movies and the reasons why they didn’t make it.
Halloween 2 in the high-rise building.
The sequel takes place moments after the original film and takes place mostly in Haddonfield Hospital. Carpenter was not particularly enthusiastic about writing the script for Halloween 2, claiming that he had to drink six bottles of beer every night to cope with the process. Carpenter and his creative partner Debra Hill initially considered shooting Halloween 2 years after Halloween ’78. They later decided that a sequel on the same night was a more intriguing option from a cinematic point of view. Carpenter also directed the television thriller Someone’s Watching Me! in 1978, and probably thought that this alternative sequel would have similar rhythms.
♪ I’m the one who’s gonna make you cry ♪.
After Halloween 2, the studio asked Carpenter and Hill to do another sequel, but they decided to offer something new. Instead of resurrecting the supernatural Michael Myers, they proposed turning Halloween into an anthology. Each issue would tell a new story that takes place during the holiday. Thus, the 1982 film Halloween 3: Season of the Witch abandoned Michael and told an original story. Despite the film’s cult status, it was not a hit, and fans remained furious. Had Halloween 3 succeeded, Carpenter and Hill planned to continue the concept of an anthology, though scripts for a potential fourth film had not been developed.
♪ Halloween 4 ♪ ♪ With the ghost of Michael ♪.
Carpenter and Hill developed the script with writer Dennis Atchison. Producer Mustafa Akkad felt that Michael Myers was still in demand with the audience. Carpenter rejected further calls for a sequel after the poor reception of Halloween 3. After feeling pressure from the business to revive the series in Halloween 4 , Carpenter and Hill develop the script. The story is set ten years after Michael’s murder, when Haddonfield has banned Halloween. The collective trauma and fear of his return led to him becoming a ghost, and the sequel culminated in another slaughter in a marathon of slasher films.
Michael Myers… is in space!
John Carpenter’s last real attempt to creatively influence the fate of the Halloween franchise occurred in the early 1990s. He teamed up with New Line, which had produced Carpenter’s film Into the Madness, to purchase the rights to the saga. According to the book Taking Shape II: The Lost Halloween Sequels, John Carpenter suggested making a horror comedy and sending Michael to the space station. Miramax subsequently won the bid for “Halloween”, and it is unknown if a script was developed for Michael’s concept in space.