Much to many fans' surprise and excitement, Horror legend John Carpenter just announced he's returning to the Halloween franchise in more ways than we originally thought. We already found out earlier this year that Carpenter would write and produce the upcoming continuation, but we just learned that he's also returning to the studio to compose the film's musical score.
In a recent chat with Billboard, Carpenter elaborated on the challenges of being both a director and a composer while discussing the upcoming release of his latest greatest hits album, John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. He also made a point to reveal that he's struck a deal to score the new Halloween film:
I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I've made a deal to do the music. I'll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I'll have to see the movie to see what it requires.
This news comes just three days after Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor dropped a cover of the classic Halloween theme. Many had wondered if Reznor's surprise cover was a sign that he and his music partner, Atticus Ross, were on deck to store the new Halloween film. However, Carpenter's return as a composer is definitely a welcome surprise. Seeing how the new Halloween will be a direct continuation of the 1978 original, this is the perfect opportunity for him to expand on the music and tone that he left off with in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
In addition to composing the iconic theme music for Halloween, Carpenter's music credits include They Live, Christine, The Fog, Vampires and Village of the Damned. The new Halloween movie will serve as his first full-length film composition since the 2001 film, Ghosts of Mars.
Halloween is set to hit theaters on October 19, 2018, with the "John Carpenter Anthology" album dropping via digital, CD and vinyl on October 20, 2017.