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Curtis to Reprise Famous Horror Role in 2018's 'Halloween'

Co-executive producer Jamie Lee Curtis attends a screening of "Hondros" at Cinépolis Chelsea, during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, April 21, 2017, in New York.

Actress Jamie Lee Curtis will reprise her role as the resilient protagonist in 2018's Halloween, Universal Pictures says, 40 years after she made her movie debut in the original horror movie of the same name and became Hollywood's "scream queen."

The studio said Friday that Curtis, 58, will again play Laurie Strode, the baby sitter who faced the deadly masked serial killer Michael Myers in John Carpenter's 1978 horror Halloween. The 2018 film will see Curtis' Strode face "her final confrontation" with Myers, Comcast Corp.-owned Universal said.

Carpenter will return to executive produce and consult on the new film.

Halloween has become one of Hollywood's most famous slasher film franchises, with nine sequels and reboots over the years, the last being Rob Zombie's 2009 Halloween II.

Curtis' last appearance in the franchise was in 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, in which her character was killed.

Universal said the 2018 film "carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film," suggesting that it will ignore the events in the 2002 film.