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David Gordon Green and Danny McBride Rebooting ‘Halloween’ for October 2018

Well this is fresh and unexpected!

Last year, Blumhouse and John Carpenter announced that they would together be bringing Michael Myers back from the dead for a new Halloween film, which at the time was dated for release on Halloween 2017. As you may have guessed, it’s not going to meet that date. The good news? After many months of silence, we’ve got a very exciting new update on the project.

Carpenter himself, who is creatively involved in the making of the film, just took to Facebook to announce that David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride (“Eastbound & Down”) have joined the Miramax, Trancas International Films and Blumhouse production. Gordon Green will direct from a screenplay penned by he and McBride.

The new Halloween is coming on October 19th, 2018.

Said Carpenter:

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.

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

McBride assured that he’s not looking to inject humor into the franchise:

David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing

As previously announced, Carpenter will executive produce 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.



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COMMENTS

137 Comments
  • Cody

    Trying to remain positive from Carpenter’s words. But I keep hearing “From the guys who brought you Pineapple Express and Your Highness….Halloween?” in my head.

    • fR@πk LL0yD jR.

      Halloween… The Night He Got Stoned.

    • thegunshow

      Yeah, I just don’t get it. What happened with Flanagan? I think he shows real promise and could have been a solid pick for the franchise. This seems like a bizarre choice to me, but I suppose it could work. I guess we will find out. At least Carpenter seems on board.

  • fR@πk LL0yD jR.

    Remember “Halloween 3-D”?
    Remember “Halloween Returns”?
    I’m not getting my hopes up until I see a trailer.

    • A2VL

      Yeah but that was when Dimension was doing it. And Dimension seem to be incapable of making/releasing films

    • HarryWarden

      Hell, remember when Friday the 13th was going to happen? That was only a few days ago.

      • Khalil Wright

        Still not over Friday The 13th…

      • Christian

        To be fair, Paramount are absolute cocks. Blumhouse only picked Halloween up last year and this is all fairly good progress. They seem to really care about horror and the fans.

        • Khalil Wright

          Yeah, Blumhouse is consistent.

  • Raptor Cop

    David Gordon Green’s career started with some interesting, down to earth dramas, but as he’s tried to return to that aesthetic with Joe and Avalanche, I thought he stumbled. Nothing he’s done the past decade has interested me.

    It’s, at the very least, a bold pick. People bitching about the 80s slashers being dead the past week have this and Leatherface to look forward too (God knows, Freddy and Jason are dead).

    • josh0909

      Joe is fucking incredible with probably the best Nic Cage performance in his career.

  • Claudiu Mihail

    I don’t think it’s a good idea to handle a powerful project like Halloween to two guys who never did horror. For them it’s an experiment, but for the fans it could be a death sentence.

    • To be fair, Halloween 2 was as big an “experiment” as possible, and alienated a ton of fans. Won’t be hard to top that one.

      Frankly, the last THREE Halloween movies have all been “experiments” (Found Footage, Origin Reboot, Art Film). I’d actually be surprised if this one isn’t a Top 5 Halloween flick.

      • Khalil Wright

        Yeah. You really CAN’T get worse than Halloween 2 (2009). I’m not familiar with these two, but I’m optimistic.

  • Christian

    I’m up for it. This franchise needs a fresh injection instead of boring *insert flavour of the week horror directors name here*.

  • DJV1985

    If there is anyone sitting at their keyboard who happens to be in the other room from either of these two men can you make sure that they know that one of the most important rules for the ORIGINAL Halloween film series is BLOOD/GORE ISN’T EVERYTHING. I really don’t want to see Halloween become the new SAW in the sense that someone thinks “Oh it’s a horror? Let’s bring on the blood”.

    OH AND WE DON’T NEED IT REBOOTED JUST STEP OVER THE DEAD BODY OF ZOMBIES H-FILMS AND GO BACK TO THE ORIGINAL FILMS.

    • DJV1985

      Rats just realised the Cap button was on at the end. I could go back and edit it but meh lol.

    • Khy

      Your worry shouldn’t be with the amount of gore, but the people behind this being able to craft a good story with strong characters.

      It can have zero gore and still be shit.

      • DJV1985

        True and maybe I should’ve included those points but any time a writer takes on a slasher project they always seem to want to add more. It’s something that Carpenter himself spoke about just last year in one of those Q and A’s he said (not these actual words):

        “The only reason I worry about being involved in any new Halloween film is that a lot of the modern audience and modern directors think slasher means blood and guts when it doesn’t always. Halloween is Jaws on land. He stalks his victims, he kills them and moves on he doesn’t take his knife and tare open their flesh and start pulling things out, that isn’t Michael”

        He had a couple swears in there but I agreed with him then and still do but you are right I should’ve mentioned story, strong characters and I’ll add camera work. I’d love a director to take the project who could have the feel and atmosphere of the original film.

        • Khy

          Well said

  • Rocky

    for the love of the imaginary Jesus… stop publishing lies. We all know this will not happen.

  • Steve

    Be still my beating heart! Yes! I have three requests:

    1. The aesthetic simply MUST follow or at least take heavy cues from the original film, particularly Dean Cundey’s blue night shots.

    2. SUSPENSE over gore.

    3. Period. 70’s or 80’s.

    • Khalil Wright

      Yeah, I’d like a period. 80’s would work.

  • Christian

    I hope the trailer has M.I.A’s. ”Paper Planes” song playing just to piss off the fanboys. Lol.

  • Better than some random Joes’ I guess….

  • Khy

    Pineapple Express. Ok. Interesting.

  • Khy

    I’ll be having Avengers Infinity War, Black Panther, and Antman And The Wasp slaying me for 2018.

    This could be cute if it happens.

  • Kori Batchelor

    I, for some odd reason, have a really good feeling that they’ll give us a good Halloween movie.
    It’s just such an odd pairing that this could work!

  • zombie84_41

    Fuck it I got faith.

    • nowaygetreal

      I couldn’t have said it any better.

      • zombie84_41

        Well look at the comedians who went to horror… Jordan peele he’s got a movie coming out, seth rogen he did preacher (and that turned out really solid), we got jim carrey who actually did good in that NUMBER 23 flick, well I thought he did. Oh James franco is in some weird ass horror movie. It could happen to be very good or really really shitty. I hope they add something new and fresh though.

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  • SonnyFern

    Will it be as good as this?

    • Dan

      That was sweet

  • Khalil Wright

    I guess my biggest concern would be them making a Friday The 13th-esque movie, with goofy/fun humor, when most Halloween movies are really dark.

    BUT, they said they wouldn’t. so I guess I’ll take their word for it. Lol

  • REC03

    interesting choices. don’t know how to feel either way but regardless until im watching the trailer i won’t get my hopes up that this is going forward.

  • Creepshow

    McBride: “If Jordan Peele can do it, so can we.” (uh hyuck)

    Carpenter: “I could use a paycheck. And if you pay me more, I’ll “think” about doing the music”.

    • Khy

      LOL Exactly

    • Khalil Wright

      LOL

  • Andrew Flynn
  • dukeblues

    Ugh, please no humor. F13 had it right with the Prisonor’s writer. Where is Bryan Bertino when you need him? But lets hope my favorite franchise finally gets a movie made. And lets tone the music down rather than shitty orchestra pieces (H20). Less is more with horror music. Come to think of it, they should just hire me to make the movie….

    • Khalil Wright

      LOL. Employ me if you do!

    • The D

      Dukeblues,

      I love that you mentioned Bryan Bertino! He would be a great director for a Halloween film. The Strangers employed many of the things that made Halloween great and made these things relatable to a modern audience. Bertino would be a great choice. Of course… who would want to be on THAT chopping block? Ha ha. Mike Flanagan sure didn’t.

  • Sky Commander

    I’ll believe it when I see a trailer.

    • Khalil Wright

      Blumhouse is good with releasing their movies.

      • Sky Commander

        Even so I’m not getting my hopes up till I see a trailer. I’ve been burned too many times with my favorite horror film franchises

        • Khalil Wright

          I understand. Friday The 13th was supposed to begin principal photography in a few weeks after all. So I get it.

      • Orwellianson

        Blumhouse sucks. Their post credit stingers ruin all of their films.

  • DarkBree

    While one franchise is getting a revival, another one has just died.

    • Khalil Wright

      Friday The 13th isn’t dead … for long.

      • DarkBree

        Hope you are right.

    • Adam Clifton

      ‘They say he’s still down there… waiting…’

      • DarkBree

        Let´s call Tina or Tommy to bring him back to life!!

        • Adam Clifton

          Tina AND Tommy, increase our chances

          • DarkBree

            Yes, that’s a great idea!!

  • jasonlives1986

    I’m willing to give them a chance because I already suffered through two shitty zombie movies

    Crazy enough to work. One has to wonder how this came about. No way they just walked in and pitched this. Someone contacted someone and set up a deal

    • Christian

      Why? These guys are well known in Hollywood. David Green Gordon’s got a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal coming out soon and Danny McBride is in Alien: Covenant.

      • jasonlives1986

        Because you don’t expect Danny friggen Mcbride to be some closet Halloween fan demanding an opportunity to write the movie.

        • Tony Crespo

          But that’s what exactly happened. Mcbride went to film school for screenwriting. He’s a HUGE horror buff as well.

          • jasonlives1986

            And I’m fine with that. I love that guy and this couldn’t possible be worse that Halloween 3, 5, 8 or either of those zombie movies.

            I’m willing to keep an open mind. But anyone who says they thought of Danny Mcbride as someone to give Halloween the juice it needs for a reboot is lying.

  • Dan

    I’m on board 100%. But, not trying to be morbid, but JC ain’t getting any younger. I get wanting to do a release during Oct, but Oct 2018 is a long way off.

  • Tony Harley

    It can’t get any worse than H2…

    • Khalil Wright

      No it can’t.

    • i agree.

    • MrShoe1985

      You mean Zombie’s remake?

  • The Dark One

    At least we get to see Halloween come back, I’m still kind of bummed about Friday the 13th but at least we’re getting a solid looking game of it coming out.

  • Munchie

    As long as it’s better than 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8, I’m in.

    • Khalil Wright

      2 is gold, 4 is awesome, 6 is scary (it’s story sucks though), and 7 is great.

  • stephenrichmos

    It’s hard to stay excited about these type of announcements. Especially after Friday the 13th just being cancelled, but something about Carpenter’s attitude over the last few years gives me hope. He genuinely seems like he’s passionate about his work again and truly wants to make this a good movie instead of just making it for the money. I really hope this gets completed, I’d love to see Michael on the big screen again

  • Rez

    Ok, I’m all in especially if John Carpenter seems excited about it! If the script is that good and you have the right people behind it….this could be a special movie. I really wanna see this franchise back on track

  • Really hoping this turns out good.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Best news all week! Sounds like the pieces are in place and they all fit. Intrigued to see how this one turns out.

  • Horrible Day

    I just hope we can revive any slasher franchise and have them coming out like its the 80s again

  • turk

    I honestly have to say that I have no idea what to make of this. I certainly have enjoyed Green and McBride’s projects. But that being said, for “Halloween”? I just don’t know. I do have a feeling that this is going to lead to tons of rewrites on the script. But who knows? Better than nothing, i suppose.

  • Daniel Anderson

    If carpenter says “They get it” I’ll give it a watch and withhold judgement. Unless we get a bunch of tips here suggesting its fubar. Can’t get any worse.

  • augster3

    I think this is some pretty awesome news. It’s been clear for some time that David Gordon Green has wanted to break out from the comedic scene and into horror ever since he pioneered the Suspiria remake that he unfortunately had to step away from. He has a passion for horror. I think it’s good to not get typecasted into one genre, so I can’t wait to see what they do.

    • Orwellianson

      He was behind the Suspiria remake? Well fuck that guy and his delusions. You cannot remake a movie like Suspiria. That was lightning in a bottle and it cannot and will not ever be replicated.

  • shane-o-mac

    I always liked Mcbride as a comedic actor but i am very skeptical dude can do anything for such a prestigous horror franchise that has been waiting so long for another chapter, hopefully they knock it out the park

  • Rohan

    Danny McBride making a Halloween movie…….
    I dig it

  • disqus_uqr3Boh0Wp

    Pineapple Express?? Death by mow mow? I can’t see it happening.

  • Interesting!

  • Ocelot006 .

    I want my god damned Friday the 13th.

    • Deadred

      I am bitter as fuck about the lack of Jason returning. He will be back though. What I really want to see is Jason vs Tommy again. Tommy needs a comeback – it has been too long!

      • MadCows

        Fuck Paramount!

  • I’ll just wisely wait till the Eibon Press comic book adaptation comes out.

  • THE God

    Why do we have to wait so damn long?

    • MrShoe1985

      They have to write the script, do rewrites on it, then get a crew together, then do casting, then shoot the film, edit it, and then release it. It is on schedule.

  • Mike Lawrence

    It’ll get cancelled. It always does.
    And directed by the guy who did Pineapple Express? A horror movie that’s supposed to revive Myers and make him scary again? I doubt it.
    Very low expectations for this, and every time a Halloween flick is announced its chopped before it films anyways, so I hope no one’s looking forward to this inevitable trainwreck.

    • Mike Lawrence

      Carpenter being involved isn’t all that reassuring either. Halloween was fun for its time, but every other movie he’s done is pretty yawn-worthy. The guy is so over rated.

      • Shawn Simpson

        In the Mouth of Madness, The Thing, Assault on Precinct 13, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live, Christine and his short film Cigarette Burns are anything but yawn-worthy. Carpenter isn’t even close to being over rated.

        • Mike Lawrence

          In your opinion…
          I own close to 2000 movies, mostly horror, and don’t own any from that list, for a reason

          • Shawn Simpson

            I’ll admit he has a few terrible films……IM LOOKING AT YOU GHOSTS OF MARS!!! But to call The Thing yawn worthy makes absolutely no sense. I have never in my entire life met a horror fan who doesn’t at least appreciate The Thing. Its a damn masterpiece and arguably one of the best horror films from the 80s and in the history of horror cinema. Not to mention how many movies you own doesn’t really matter in this discussion. For all I know you could have every single Michael Bay film in your collection which would negate the entire thing completely. Quantity over quality is never a good thing.

          • Mike Lawrence

            Well the older he gets, Carpenter has only gotten worse. Did you see The Ward? No? Well that’s okay, no one did.
            I don’t own any Michael Bay films either, for the record. Lol. So my massive movie collection still counts!

          • Shawn Simpson

            I saw it….it was terrible. I’m not on here championing his later films because I know they aren’t that great. Aside from Cigarette Burns…thats actually pretty good. I’m on here defending the fact that he has made better films than Halloween and he isn’t a one trick pony or over rated. He’s beloved because of what he has done for the genre as a whole and how so many of his films are used as blue prints today to create the horror we know and love. But in the 80’s there really wasn’t a better horror director than Carpenter outside of maybe Raimi but even that’s a stretch. When Carpenter hit the scene he crushed it into submission. Hell without Carpenters influence we wouldn’t have Stranger Things, It Follows and so many other fantastic films. You cannot deny that his influence is large in the world of horror.

          • Mike Lawrence

            100%
            Carpenter paved the way for slasher flicks and I love him for it. I just think he’s outdated in a big way now and lost his place to a better generation of directors. Granted, their films might never have seen the light of day if he hadn’t shone a light on horror all those years ago.

          • Orwellianson

            Carpenter is one of the most influential filmmakers of his generation. Most of his earlier films are among some of my favorite films of all time and I too own an extensive collection of films of various genres.

            Get off your high horse, Mikey… it’s asinine as it is ridiculous.

          • Mike Lawrence

            Am I on a high horse because I’m not a Carpenter fan and you are??
            Lol, ok.
            I’m not a fan of horses either, so I’d prefer it if you said I put myself on a pedestal instead.
            Thanks in advance

          • Orwellianson

            Go back to your basement, you autistic retard.

          • Mike Lawrence

            Oh ok, I get it. You’re just an ignorant troll.
            You also obviously don’t have anyone suffering from autism in your family like I do and understand how immature and offensive that just was, over a simple debate on movies…
            Grow up

          • Orwellianson

            You’re an idiot. An ignoramus with delusions of grandeur. Go back to your basement, you twat. A gob of spit has more depth and substance than you could ever amass in a thousand lifetimes. Imbecile.

          • Mike Lawrence

            I just finished up with your mom and she’s heading home, so you better get into bed before she sees you’re up past your bed time again.

          • Orwellianson

            Seeing you attempt to justify your idiocy is hilarious as it is futile. Truly, a cunt has depth and warmth, you exhibit neither quality so let’s just call you a shallow little asshole, ‘Kay? You are absolutely pathetic and just as worthless too. Lol.

          • Mike Lawrence

            An arsehole also has depth and warmth. Try again, I’ll give you a freebie.

          • Orwellianson

            Keep telling yourself that, you gobshite. Nothing comes out of you but pure shit. Your mommy must be so devastated she birthed such a worthless and slimy little turd. Lol.

          • Orwellianson

            Your momma jokes are so 2003. What are you, twelve years old? Lol; you big baby.

          • Alex

            I saw and own “The Ward” on DVD.really good film

        • Deadred

          Agreed – he has his fair share of crap – but when things go well, boy do they go well!

        • Orwellianson

          Such fine films; I still have yet to see STARMAN but I’ve heard lovely things.

    • MrShoe1985

      Considering the remake we got, it has to be better than that.

      • Mike Lawrence

        Really? I dug the remake but especially H2. One of my faves in the series. I’m still kinda bummed they didn’t just carry on with Zombie’s storyline, but I know a lot of people don’t feel that way so I see why they aren’t.

        • Master99

          If I could give you a million down votes for that, I would. Rob Zombie tried his best to kill Halloween foreverthe remake was watchable, but H2 has no redeeming qualties.

      • Master99

        Is there anything that isn’the better than that?….. oh yeah it’s sequel, the only Halloween movie I have not been able to bring myself to watching it a second time.

  • CalUni

    I hope this surprises the hell out of everyone but more importantly, doesn’t fizzle out due to eventual ‘creative differences’ as is the way with so many franchise sequels / reboots. Not a Danny McBride fan in the slightest but something tells me his experience on Alien: Covenant has given him some degree of inspiration and taste for chilling horror. Here’s hoping!

  • ThunderDragoon

    What, and cast Seth Rogan as Michael Myers? What a joke. This sounds like it’s made for April Fools’. October 2018 is pretty far away so here’s hoping this gets cancelled within that time.

    • MrShoe1985

      Carpenter has done comedy before. All we can do is give it a chance.

  • Orwellianson

    Yeah… NO.

  • Francesco Falciani

    so Samara killed jason and micheal will resurrect him. after this halloween i bet warner will follow this path. low budget movie…blumhouse or Atomic Monster production.

  • Actually while watching East Bound & Down I thought that some of the scene filmed were almost horror in their atmosphere (although spun for comedic effect).

    Guys are both talented and a lot of times talent doesnt have to lay in one genre. If Carpenter thinks they have a great idea than lets watch them run with it.

    Side note: Carpenter scoring the film is the best part of the whole announcement as we need more of that type of film scores in movies.

  • Michael Singer

    Well McBride is in the new Alien movie to, so perhaps he’s on a bit of a horror kick these days. Also if he can get Walton Goggins to be in this to, that’d be fantastic.

    As for the release date, 2018 makes so much more sense. Not only is there more time to get it right, but they can release it just in time for the 40th Anniversary of the original.

  • I’d be excited no matter who was behind the camera. I haven’t seen Green’s work but this sounds like a bold choice.

  • Simon Allen

    I think …judging by the last week …that the world horror movies has officially lost the plot !!

  • Chasing The Dream _34

    Alright Michael… right hand blocks left hand throws the distracting backfist, then comes your #1 side kick, followed by the spin cresent kick to the head.

  • Carlton Fisher

    Transitioning from comedy to horror may seem really strange, but in many ways, they aren’t that different–both genres are about evoking immediate emotional responses, most effectively through unpredictable means. It might work out alright. I always thought Robin Williams did a pretty good job of being really creepy in the horror/thriller films he was in. (Of course, McBride isn’t exactly Robin Williams….but…..lets hope.)

  • Graham

    This is a bold choice, but I think that’s good. Based on what little information we have to far, this sounds like it will be true to the franchise, but also feel fresh, which is what this franchise needs if it’s going to continue.

    Personally, I’m just happy the series is now with Blumhouse, which at least is a company that’s actively interested and invested in making horror films. Dimension had been sitting on it for way too long, and clearly had no idea how to deliver a film that fans and general audiences would appreciate. Not saying that Blumhouse is guaranteed to deliver that either, but at least they will move things along and put out something.

  • Court

    I’ll believe it when I see a trailer. Just like F13, this franchise has been delayed forever. At least Saw and Chucky is happening this year. Good riddance!

  • Pete Rock

    I’m cool with it. I am bias being that Danny McBride is one of my favorite people when it comes to comedy, dude is hilarious and a good writer as well. Same goes for DGG… As for them going into horror with such an iconic figure like Michael Myers now that’s a whole different environment and I’m curious and excited to see what there vision is. I get why some might be concerned when comedy guys are going into the world of horror but it doesn’t mean it cant be done and done well. I gotta feeling there gonna knock it out the park and give us what we’ve been wanting for a long long time with the Halloween franchise. Add in Carp and I think the return of M.M. is gonna finally be upon us.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Ok I mean of course I’m fucking happy we got an update I just find it funny this update happened when F13th got axed so I’ll take this with a grain of salt. So clearly Halloween is my favorite franchise, so this is really exciting however except for the director and writer they went with. I mean Danny McBride? Writing a Halloween script? I just don’t see it I mean maybe he can come up with something terrifying but why do I get the idea that it won’t work? Is it cause he’s a comedian? I was hoping for a director like Adam Green. Idk how I feel about this I’m just happy news picked up but we’ll see how long this lasts.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      I think in part what made the original so special was teenage girls actually talking how teenage girls talked and acted how they actually acted. On paper/script you wouldn’t think it’s anything special but it was real and made you understand and care more about the characters which were for once weren’t paper thin. Danny’s real and intelligent and could add a little depth and humanity to the characters in a way that make them stand out and easier to connect with. Change is scary but I’m all for it!

      • Halloween_Vic

        I hope so! I honestly want this film to be terrifying and dark. Much like the original but in its own way. I hope Danny can accomplish that.

  • Chris Genth

    All I can say is wtf!

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    Like Seth Rogen writing for Preacher. Which fucking sucked..

    • Meisha’s Taint

      Not “like”

      • Yakushiji Tenzen

        yes “like” you kidding me? Comedian’s should just stick to comedy.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    Keep it simple, NO BACK STORY, get a scary mask like in the first 2, a great actor with a scary stride that’s NOT big to play Myers, bring back the synth music in a big way, no CGI and for Christ sakes man show us some tits

    • Tw1tcHy

      Eh, I actually liked Tyler Mane’s Michael Myers. He was fucking huge, which just added to the image of him really being unstoppable, and in a more practical “Well-that-kinda-makes-sense” way.

  • Carla Davis

    I’ll give them a shot. I think they’re both really talented and definitely a very surprising addition to the Halloween family. After all the weirdness in the series, it’s not like they could do that much harm anyway.

  • Dr. Acula

    sure they are.

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