Yesterday, horror fans everywhere were pleasantly surprised by John Carpenter’s announcement that a new Halloween film is not only officially moving forward, but already has an October 18, 2018 release date penciled in.
Additionally, Carpenter revealed that a rather unexpected creative team was on-board to helm the project, in the form of co-writer/director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride.
Both men are known primarily for their comedic work, with McBride usually spending more time in front of the camera than he does behind it.
Still, their pitch apparently really impressed Carpenter, and if John Carpenter likes it, it’s good enough for me. The real question now becomes, just what will this new Halloween be about? While that’s still unclear, McBride did provide the following info during a recent chat with Cinema Blend:
“You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.
Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”
I think most fans will agree that not rebooting the entire franchise again is a great move, as the world doesn’t need a third attempt at telling Michael Myers’ backstory.
Still one wonders when this new story will be set, as every surviving principal cast member from the first two films is now quite old. While the roles could always conceivably be recast, that seems like it would kind of defeat the purpose of going back to the original Halloween continuity.
Stay tuned to iHorror for any and all further updates on Green and McBride’s new Halloween installment. We’re looking forward to it just as much as you are.