Universal Pictures has delayed the release of “Halloween” sequel “Halloween Kills” for a year from Oct. 16, 2020, to Oct. 15, 2021. The delay was visible when Universal dropped the Halloween Kills teaser and the date shows in it was Oct. 15, 2021. You can watch the teaser below.
John Carpenter and David Gordon Green, writers of the film expressed their regret in a statement and said we don't want to give the audience a compromised theatrical experience and Universal has agreed to an IMAX presentation of the film next year along side the traditional release.
Their full statement on “Halloween Kills” reads:
We write this to you heartbroken over the fact that the delay of our film is even a discussion, but if there's one thing that a career in the film industry has prepared us for, it is the unexpected.
Over the past few weeks, our film family has looked at the forecast of theatrical exhibition with obvious concern. We have discussed and struggled with how best to present "Halloween Kills"
to the loyal fans around the world, as well as the new audience we hope to invite to this experience.
It was a wild and vibrant production. We lined up a cast of legacy characters like Laurie and Tommy, Lindsey, Lonnie, Marion, Brackett and The Shape, then alongside some new faces, we aggressively made the second chapter of our "Halloween" trilogy. It unfolded into an experience that was a creative playground and we feel confident that our misfit pleasures will be seen as an unexpected entry into this franchise.
If we release it in October of this year as planned, we have to face the reality that the film would be consumed in a compromised theatrical experience. After weighing our options, we have chosen to push the film's theatrical release by one year.
On top of a traditional release, Universal has agreed to an IMAX presentation of the film in October 2021. We are sound mixing with one of the greatest design teams that can slash, scream and creep their way under your skin. We're going to have time to complete the film with the quality that fans deserve. And preparation on "Halloween Ends" has begun as well.
It is an honor to be working with these characters and spending time in Haddonfield. We look forward to sharing our next chapters with you.
David Gordon Green and John Carpenter
Universal Pictures is also pushing back the openings of “Candyman” and the other two “Halloween” sequels, marking only the latest release date delays amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan Peele’s “Candyman” will move back three weeks from Sept. 25 to Oct. 16. and “Halloween Ends” will move from Oct. 15, 2021, to Oct. 14, 2022.
“Candyman” is a reboot of the 1992 slasher film. It was originally scheduled to open on June 12 but was moved back to September in early April.
Universal has delayed several major movies — “Minions: Rise of Gru,” “Fast & Furious” entry “F9” and “Sing 2,” in addition to removing “Wicked” from its release calendar — as Hollywood continues to grapple with COVID-19.
Below is the teaser for Halloween Kills:
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