Update: We’ve got an unfortunate update for you no this. Adam Green did a reddit AMA, and basically said the Starburst report was false, and was “spun” for hits. He says he’s not pursuing the movie. More here.
Adam Green has been out touring for his new monster film Digging Up the Marrow (review), and reportedly told Starburst Magazine that he wants to direct the next Halloween film, which would likely please many fans of the franchise.
Green has proven that he can do horror in a variety of fun ways from the fun to the effective. The way he reportedly described his take on Halloween sounds like just what the franchise needs, so let’s hope this happens.
Green said flat out that he wants Halloween “bad,” and noted that they finally have writers (Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan), whom he loves dearly and that he’s “been brought in to meet before”.
Green’s words from Starburst:
All you’ve gotta do is make a good Michael Myers movie, that’s it! If it was up to me,” he said, “I would start the movie with some teenage girls at a sleepover in Haddonfield telling ghost stories. One quick ghost story, another quick urban legend, and then somebody says ‘Do you know about the boogeyman?’ Maybe some of them know, one of them definitely doesn’t because they’ve just moved there or whatever. Then they tell the story in one minute, and it’s the story of the original movie. Then Michael Myers turns up, kill those girls, you get your opening scene kill, and then in your opening credits montage you see pictures of Donald Pleasance, see pictures of Jamie Lee Curtis. Erase everything else that’s happened until now, but the whole lore is that you don’t know when he’ll come back to Haddonfield, you don’t know why, but this Halloween he came back again. That’s it.”
“Then have a good story, good characters, and good actors, and good kills, and shoot it like Carpenter did the first one. Dread, suspense. Hatchet isn’t about dread or suspense, it’s about over-the-top, it’s about ridiculous, it’s about just go-go-go. But HALLOWEEN would need to be handled differently. For me, that’s the HALLOWEEN movie I wanna see. And I wanna see the original mask, the original overalls, and I’d wanna get rid of the cult, the Thorn, and the family. It’s just Michael Myers, that’s it. Give us what we want.”
Sounds perfect to me. Oh man, if he could get down that mask and the Carpenter feel, it could be magic. I wasn’t a big fan of ignoring the rest of the franchise when they made H20, but if we’re “recalibrating” things now, I can’t think of a better way to do it than this. I really hope this happens.