Though a new Halloween has been in development for years, first as a sequel to Rob Zombie’s remake series and then as a whole separate thing, it wasn’t until some time ago that some real movement begun with John Carpenter announced to shepherd the project along with Jason Blum of Blumhouse.
Now Carpenter himself has announced on his Facebook page that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, famous for their comedic films, have boarded the project to write the script. Additionally Gordon Green will also be directing it.
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.
Gordon Green said of the announcement:
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.
David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing, added McBride.
Malek Akkad, son of Moustapha Akkad, producer of the original Halloween, also 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.
Having Gordon Green, who has been jumping back and forth between drama and comedy with films such as Pineapple Express and Joe, and McBride mostly known for his comedic roles taking on such a famous horror franchise is some interesting and very distant from the last attempt that had in Rob Zombie someone who has build his filmography and imagery within that genre. Then again McBride has had a taste for horror co-starring in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant due to release this May.