It’s been right around two months since we’ve heard an update on Danny McBride and David Gordon Green’s reboot of the Halloween franchise, which is headed our way in 2018. The duo is co-writing the script, with Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) set to direct, and McBride just provided some more details about their John Carpenter-approved vision while out promoting next weekend’s Alien: Covenant.
Speaking with the Empire Film Podcast, McBride noted that he and Gordon Green hope to make Michael Myers scary again with their reboot, which will apparently be (on some level) a continuation of the first two (original) Halloween movies:
“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement,” McBride joked. “David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.”
He added, “I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”
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.
Michael Myers returns to life on October 19th, 2018.