The Friday the 13th reboot may be on hold at Paramount but the long-dormant HALLOWEEN franchise came roaring back to life on Thursday with the news that David Gordon Green will direct a new Michael Myers movie from a script he’s co-writing with Danny McBride. I mean, talk about a pleasant surprise!
Both men are fans of the horror genre, as Gordon Green spent years developing a Suspiria remake, while McBride adores Alien so much that Ridley Scott cast him in the upcoming Alien: Covenant. As a hardcore Halloween fan, I’m confident that the new movie is in good hands with them and producer Jason Blum.
“David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing,” McBride assured skeptical fans in a statement.
“John Carpenter’s Halloween was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans. It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers,” added Gordon Green.
Miramax and Blumhouse are partnered on the new Halloween movie with Trancas International Films. Jason Blum will produce for Blumhouse, while Malek Akkad will produce for Trancas. Gordon Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for Miramax, which is co-financing with Blumhouse.
The new Halloween will come home to theaters on Oct. 19, 2018 — just in time for the titular holiday. Created in 1978, the franchise spans ten films that have generated more than $400 million worldwide.
Here’s Carpenter’s Facebook post in full.
So you say you want a Revolution?
You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?
Well so do I.
So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and… WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.
I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.
And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.
Gordon Green and McBride are represented by CAA, while APA reps Carpenter.
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