Legendary filmmaker John Carpenter remains heavily involved with the ongoing Halloween franchise. Carpenter had directed and co-written the original 1978 Halloween alongside his longtime producing partner, Debra Hill. The film’s overwhelming critical and commercial success revolutionized the horror genre and helped popularize slasher films and the final girl trope seen in horror flicks throughout the ’80s. Although Carpenter co-wrote the sequel and produced both the second and third installments in the series, he has remained absent from the franchise since 1982.

Still, Hollywood has always had a tough time letting go of successful horror franchises, and that’s why Michael Myers’ story has been told and retold numerous times on the big screen and continues to ...

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