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David Gordon Green and Danny McBride Talk ‘Halloween’; “It’s Going To Be incredible”

Michael Myers returns to life on October 19th, 2018.

This year’s biggest news story so far was unquestionably the bombshell that Blumhouse, John Carpenter, Malek Akkad, and creative forces David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant) are teaming up to relaunch the Halloween franchise next year; Gordon Green is directing from a script that he’s currently penning with McBride.

Personally speaking, I cannot wait for this one.

Last month, McBride revealed that the new film isn’t going to be a remake but rather a continuation of the first two (original) Halloween movies. “We’re focusing mainly on the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there,” said McBride, adding that “it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way.”

We don’t come bearing much in the form of new information today, but in a new interview with Indiewire, Gordon Green and McBride did talk a bit more about their Halloween. McBride once again made it clear that they’re not remaking John Carpenter’s original film, but oddly enough, he did refer to the new film as a “reimagining.” McBride told the site:

We can’t talk for too much about the Halloween reboot, but David and I had a long talk with each other about when people do these with movies, where it goes wrong. ‘What pisses me off when it comes to something I like?’ We all came to the decision that remaking something that already works isn’t a good idea. So we just have a reimagining instead.

Gordon Green spoke about the project’s genesis, and what it was like pitching to Carpenter:

Jason Blum came to me. I’m a huge horror fan and I’ve never made one. I developed Suspiria for several years with Luca Guadagnino, who’s finishing directing it. It’s going to be incredible. I woke up at a hotel and had this email from Jason that said, ‘Halloween reboot. You get it. What do you say?’ I was just like, ‘What the fuck does this mean?’ I wrote him back and said, ‘Call me immediately, my body is reacting to this,’ because Halloween is one of those influential movies that I was never allowed to see and lied about having not seen to my parents for years. It hit all the right taboos, and it had a lore to it. We’re just writing it now.

The coolest part about that was going to John Carpenter and pitching him. If he didn’t like the take, it wouldn’t bode well. He’s one of my biggest heroes. I think we were just so concerned about getting the job that we didn’t think about how fucking scary that was to go sit down in front of him to tell him how we’d continue the story he’d created. It wasn’t until afterward that I realized, ‘Fuck, this could go so badly. We’ll be really hurt if he schools us right now.’

Of course, Carpenter loved the pitch, and here we are.

Carpenter, who may be providing the film’s score, 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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33 Comments
  • Creepshow

    Um…I think what Green was actually saying is that Suspiria is going to be incredible.

    • Hash-Slinging Slasher

      You beat me to it. That’s exactly what he’s saying.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      I love BD articles. They’re so cute.

    • Simon Allen

      Please ! Please ! Please !
      ….and I don’t often beg .

  • Khy

    It’s obviously going to be more of reboot in the guise of a sequel. It’ll probably vaguely reference the events of the original two films but largely focus on a new set of characters.

    Pretty much what I’ve been expecting for the next film to do any way.

    That being said, stop yacking. Movie is over a year away and I can’t get excited right now. Too much coming out THIS year.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      This dude John is still pushing that it’s a sequel to the first two when clearly what McBride is saying reveals it’s not. Dude just needs to actually read what he’s writing to figure that out.

  • Francesco Falciani

    uhm…so it won’t be a sequel after all… i knew it it wil be another reboot that pretends to be a sequel…like jurassic world…and this sucks

  • Rohan

    What I don’t like about modern horror movies is that they think it is scarier to kill everyone, which it is not, and is somehow a necessity to set up for a sequel. I think horror movies need a survivor in them, a final girl or guy (cough cough Tommy Jarvis cough) to give someone to root for. I personally root for the people more than the killer, unless the person is a dick then I want to see them die. Hopefully the new one doesn’t end with Michael jumping through a car window or some shit. There needs to be a new Laurie/Loomis type character, someone that kicks major ass.

  • Munchie

    Cool, the guy who directed Halloween 5 said it was going to be the best in the series back in 1989.

  • pablitonizer

    So in 2018 it’ll be the 40-year anniversary of my favorite franchise. I’m ready for a GREAT sequel, please don’t fuck it up!

    • Jeffrey Scott

      that will make michael 61 years old according to the timeline

      • Young Kirks

        That’s assuming that it’s set in 2018.

      • Meisha’s Taint

        Yeah I heard he will be stalking teens with a walker and a nurse will be following him with an IV bag.

  • Blade4693

    Loving how everybody involved seems very passionate and excited about it. Much better than hiring somebody who couldn’t’ care about the series and it just directing just for a paycheck.

  • 1000

    Here we go again. Let’s move on with some new IP for crying out loud. The story doesn’t need to be retold again, and we don’t need sequels.. the original film was perfect in every way, including the ending.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      YES WE DO! SHUT UP!

  • MBDSLV

    Bring Jamie Lee back as a kick ass Laurie Strode taking over Dr. Loomis’ role of hunting Michael down!

  • dukeblues

    There is only one way to make this movie “incredible” as they say it will be. That is to simplify the hell out of it like the original. We dont need “creative kills” and all that bullshit. Keep the music simple, the kills simple.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    THIS IS GOING TO BE HUUUUGE!

    Please announce John is going to do the score that would be amazing I love his new album! Love that synth!

  • Judge Satchmo

    I hope they make it really political, no one is doing that these days, oh and I hope they really delve deep into Micheals background, just turn over every rock, make sure there is zero mystery left. Also the studio needs to get involved, really second guess and micro manage the director at every turn. But more than anything else, and I can’t stress the importance of this enough, tone that violence WAY down, let’s make sure we get that PG-13 rating.

    What’s the most frightening thing about what I wrote above? Some where, some Hollywood executive is probably pitching it verbatim, but with a straight face.

    • ScriptGiverrrr

      Eat a bran muffin.

      • Judge Satchmo

        Always good advice.

  • Rez

    I really really hope that they knock this shit out of the park and start a new beginning to an Iconic Horror Character! I think that these are the right group of people to turn it around especially if Carpenter is involved.

  • Adam Clifton

    With no interference and delays by Dimension Films… sounds like it may actually work out

  • Mik Crone

    As long as there isn’t a giant plot hole like Texas Chainsaw involving 19 year olds who should actually be 43 then cool.

  • Huh… So is this possibly picking up after two? Like maybe Michael Meyers wakes up from his coma and goes on a killing spree one halloween before sneaking back into the bed in time for part four? 😉

  • AJLO

    I’M SOOO FCKING READY FOR THIS !
    I HATED THE REMAKES ! BACK TO THE ORIGINAL SERIES IS WHAT REAL HALLOWEEN FANS WANT AND NEED .

  • chris hayes

    Doesn’t this smell of H20 – that was a sequel to the original 2 movies to coincide with the 20th anniversary which ignored 4,5, & 6 & now again a sequel that follows on from the original 2 movies to coincide with the 40th anniversary which is going to ignore 4,5,6, H20 & Resurrection ?? just call it H40 & have Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis ) cause she’s still alive since their going to ignore every bloody thing again…….

    • dukeblues

      I sure hope not. H20 was terrible in every way possible

  • Simon Allen

    If this is gonna happen then they are going the right way ….I love the first two (and H2O)
    and consider only those to be true Halloween movies (in my universe) so I am so up for finding out what happened next and i’m glad ready to ignore what happened in those awful cheap tacky sequels that came along after .

  • dopepope

    They should keep it set in the 80’s, starting the day after H2, and just do an all cg version of Laurie Strode. That’ll only probably cost about 200 mil+ to do. no biggie.

  • shane-o-mac

    Blah,blah,blah and in a couple months there will be a report about how something got screwed up and the Halloween movie is off again…..I WILL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT ON A MOVIE SCREEN

  • Adam Paquette

    Let’s just hope this doesn’t get cancelled and delayed time and time again like Friday the 13th.

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