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'Halloween Kills' moves to 2021

Universal Pictures has updated their upcoming slate and, unfortunately, they have some bad news for Halloween fans. Halloween Kills, the latest franchise entry and a direct sequel to director David Gordon Green’s 2018 hit, is being delayed a full year. It will now hit theaters on October 15, 2021, a date originally announced for another franchise entry, Halloween Ends. The modern trilogy capper will now arrive on the big screen October 14, 2022. On the plus side, a new teaser for the film has been released and you can check it out in the player below:

In some more positive news, the Halloween Kills release date isn’t going to waste. Instead, it will see the release of Nia DaCosta‘s new Candyman film, produced by Academy Award winner Jordan Peele. The film was previously set for a June 12 release. Additionally, Universal has set another franchise sequel, The Forever Purge, for release on July 9, 2021. The film was delayed earlier this year and was originally planned to open this weekend.

Click here to watch the ‘Candyman’ trailer

John Carpenter posted the following letter regarding the Halloween Kills delay to this Twitter account:

Written by David Gordon Green & Danny McBride & Scott Teems and based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween Kills will be directed Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green and Ryan Freimann are executive producers. Ryan Turek is overseeing the project for Blumhouse.

2018’s Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and also directed by Green, went on to become the highest-grossing installment in the classic horror franchise at more than $250 million worldwide.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.

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