Jamie Lee Curtis returns in new Halloween movie

Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise the role of Laurie Strode in the final Halloween film.
Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise the role of Laurie Strode in the final Halloween film.PHOTO: JAMIE LEE CURTIS/INSTAGRAM

LOS ANGELES • Jamie Lee Curtis has unfinished business with a man called Michael Myers.

Film buffs will know that he is the deranged killer behind a hockey mask who stalked Curtis' character in the iconic horror movie Halloween almost 40 years ago.

The two characters will get to have a final showdown after Universal Pictures announced Oct 19 next year as the release date for what it is billing as the final film in the Halloween series.

The franchise has raised the fear factor in 10 movies so far.

Curtis also talked up the new movie on Twitter over the weekend.

"Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18," wrote the 58-year-old American actress, who made her big-screen debut in the 1978 film.

The original movie was directed by John Carpenter with a plot that saw Myers stalking and killing teenage babysitters, including Lee's character Laurie Strode, on Halloween night.

The new film will be further powered by two big names in the industry, noted the Variety trade portal.

Carpenter himself is back to executive produce and lend his vision as a creative consultant. Current big-name horror-movie producer Jason Blum, whose hits include The Purge and Paranormal Activity franchises, has also come on board to finance the work.

The 10 editions in the Halloween franchise have made US$400 million at the box office worldwide.

Curtis also portrayed Strode in Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002).

In real life, she has also had to battle another horror - an addiction with drugs.

She has revealed that she took the path to recovery only after reading about another person's struggle in a magazine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2017, with the headline 'Jamie Lee Curtis returns in new Halloween movie'. Subscribe