Filming has been delayed to January on director David Gordon Green’s Halloween, which will be ignoring the events of every film past John Carpenter’s seminal classic.
The new film, penned by Gordon Green and Danny McBride, hopes to recapture the atmospheric, slow burn terror of Carpenter’s original, and we’ve got more on that from McBride today. Speaking with Charleston City Paper, he teased the tone.
“The original is all about tension,” McBride told the paper. “Laurie Strode doesn’t even know that Michael Myers exists until the last minutes of the movie. So much of it you’re in anticipation of what’s going to happen and the dread that Carpenter spins so effortlessly in that film… I think we were really trying to get it back to that. We’re trying to mine that dread. Mine that tension and not just go for gore and ultra-violence that you see some horror movies lean on.”
He continued, “To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes.”
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.