It’s been a while since it was announced that Blumhouse Productions would be making the next HALLOWEEN film. It takes time to find the right team of filmmakers with a unique vision that will be able to do the franchise justice. But, John Carpenter himself, who will be exec-producing and consulting on the film, hopped on his Facebook page to finally reveal the unlikely duo that will, in fact, bring Michael Myers back.
“So you say you want a Revolution?
You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?
Well so do I.
So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and…WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.
I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.
And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”
David Gordon Green said: “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans. It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers.”
Danny McBride said: “David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing.”
Malek Akkad said: “It’s been a long journey with many starts and stops, but I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited than by the team that we have assembled for the new ‘Halloween’. I truly feel this film will thrill fans, old and new, as well as being a high point in this legendary franchise.”
David Gordon Green is the director behind such comedies as PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, YOUR HIGHNESSS and THE SITTER, but also helmed the dramas JOE (featuring an incredible performance from Nicolas Cage), GEORGE WASHINGTON, SNOW ANGELS and UNDERTOW. He was long attached to direct a SUSPIRIA remake before the current Amazon produced iteration. He’s also directed and exec-produced the TV series’ VICE PRINCIPLES, RED OAKS and EASTBOUND AND DOWN, which brings us to writer Danny McBribe. While he may seem like an unorthodox choice, but much like Jordan Peele with his film GET OUT, McBride is a life-long horror fan.
As a huge HALLOWEEN fan, I find all this tremendously exciting, because I have no idea what a David Gordon Green directed HALLOWEEN written by Danny McBride would be. And really, that’s the way to continue any franchise properly. Get someone you wouldn’t expect to tread new ground and deliver something new.
UPDATE: In an interview with CinemaBlend after this announcement, Danny McBride had this to add about their current take:
“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.”
If you’re worried about how his association with primarily comedy might affect this version of HALLOWEEN, don’t.
“Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”
Blumhouse founder/CEO Jason Blum, HALLOWEEN franchise producer Malek Akkad, Miramax and Trancas International Films will produce the new HALLOWEEN.
We’ll keep you posted on more details as we hear them!