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.