Producer Ryan Freimann of ‘Halloween’ discusses Dr. Loomis’ return in ‘Halloween Kills,’ as well as where the franchise might go after this new trilogy closes.
Halloween Kills producer Ryan Freimann spoke to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY about the new film in the franchise and a surprising story element that was confirmed in the movie’s final trailer that dropped on Sept. 20 while promoting the return of Halloween, Halloween 4, and Halloween 5 to theaters and drive-ins worldwide.
When asked about the 1978 flashback scene in the teaser featuring the return of Dr. Loomis, Ryan stated, “That was so carefully done” (played by the late, great Donald Pleasence in five movies throughout the franchise).
“Everything from [Halloween mask sculptor] Chris Nelson exactly reproducing [Michael’s 1978] mask to building Lampkin Lane — all the way down to walking the Myers house in Pasadena with a measuring tape and getting all the floorboards where they should be.
You’ll enter this 1978 space and… Loomis, after all, is not a CGI creation, so seeing it on television is a frightening experience. And seeing Myers’ mansion for the second time is fairly impressive.”
Around the 2:00 mark in the trailer, the scene depicted in the photo above appears briefly. There’s unclear what’s going on outside Michael Myers’ house, but it appears to be a standoff between Michael Myers and authorities. Behind Michael, you can see Dr. Loomis standing on the front porch. According to Ryan, the entire street was “painstakingly repaired” with “so much love and care.”
This appears to be a sequence that the creators had planned to include in their 2018 film. Director David Gordon Green told Entertainment Weekly in 2018 that “at one point in the [2018 movie’s] script, we had an opening setup that included the end of the original Halloween in a kind of aerial restaged version.” “On this film, our art director, by coincidence, looks just like Donald Pleasence.
So we thought, “Let’s just get him to do it, and then we’ll do this thing and reproduce it.” Who gets that lucky on their own movie set to have a look-alike of a 40-year-old guy? [Laughs] It was [John] Carpenter who suggested it, adding, “You don’t need to get folks up to speed like that.” Simply include them in your film.’
While the sequence was not included in this year’s Halloween, it appears that it will be included in Halloween Kills, and according to Ryan, it will be well worth the wait.
Plus, a sequel to Halloween Kills has already been confirmed for 2019 — the third and final installment of this current trilogy, named Halloween Ends, will hit theaters in October 2022 — so fans can expect a wild trip with these next two films.
But after that, what’s next? “Our focus is on Halloween Ends [next],” Ryan explained. We’re hoping to shoot it in late winter, and that’s what we’re concentrating on. The shape will continue to exist in some form or another [after that], but our immediate goals are to concentrate on these films.” He did indicate that they “have other intentions” after this trilogy, but he didn’t elaborate.