To briefly recap, we know that director David Gordon Green’s Halloween, written with Danny McBride and set for release next October, is going to be a sequel to John Carpenter’s original classic, with Jamie Lee Curtis back as Laurie Strode. Filming, last we heard, will begin this Fall.
Speaking with Yahoo this week, McBride proved some more details about the franchise “reinvention,” reiterating something John Carpenter recently revealed.
“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride confirmed. “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality.“
“It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way,” McBride added, suggesting the new film may rewrite even the events of the original.
“I just hope that we don’t fuck it up and piss people off,” McBride also noted during the chat. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully that will line up with most fans.”
“I think you should be very scared. I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”
McBride also told the site that he and Gordon Green initially didn’t think they’d be able to get Jamie Lee Curtis, but they “busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to.” Of course, they succeeded, as the legendary scream queen agreed to come on board.
In Gordon Green’s movie, being scored by John Carpenter…
“Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.”
Judy Greer is in talks to play Laurie’s daughter, Karen Strode.
Carpenter is executive producing the new film with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.
Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield on October 19, 2018.