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Well, here’s a welcome surprise. Blumhouse just announced that legendary scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as Laurie Strode when the new Halloween movie opens on October 19, 2018.

There’s a lot to unpack here. The simplest thing is that the new Halloween, co-written by Danny McBride and directed by David Gordon Green, has a release date, perfectly timed for next Halloween. But bringing back Curtis means so much more.

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It’s a nod to the original films, of course. But it’s also a very strong statement to everyone that that while this new Halloween is a reboot, it’s also a sequel. Yup, it’s one of those very en vogue sequel-reboots.

Curtis has played Strode in multiple Halloween movies, including the first two as well as the last two (the seventh and eighth films) in the first series of films. Of course, the character died in the last one—but McBride cleared that continuity problem up a few months ago, explaining that the film won’t take into account Halloween: H20 or Halloween: Resurrection.

You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.

Instead, the press release says she’ll “come to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”

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The release continues: “Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film.”

Sounds good to us. Here’s the full image.

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