Written by Patti Pauley
Last month when we received word from the master of horror John Carpenter himself that funny men Danny McBride, who is cast in the upcoming Alien: Covenant, and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) would be at the helm for next year’s Halloween movie, the internet community of horror basically shut the fuck down in awe and excitement over the news. With the additional news that Carpenter would be composing the score for the film that gave him his championship horror heavyweight belt, and modern-day horror maker power-house Jason Blum producing the movie, I think we have a LOT to be excited for with the film that is said to be a continuation from the original Halloween II film.
Yeah, this was basically my reaction upon first hearing all of this last month.
Although for the most part McBride, Green, and company are remaining hush-hush about the project pitch that made Myers’ creator Carpenter amazingly excited, the Haddonfield christened duo coyly dropped a few clues in a recent interview with IndieWire on what fans should expect from the film that McBride referred to as a “reimagining” rather than a sequel.
“We can’t talk for too much about the Halloween reboot, but David and I had a long talk with each other about when people do these with movies, where it goes wrong. What pisses me off when it comes to something I like? We all came to the decision that remaking something that already works isn’t a good idea. So we just have a reimagining instead.”
David Gordon Green on how the original pitch to John Carpenter went down:
“Jason Blum came to me. I’m a huge horror fan and I’ve never made one. I developed Suspiria for several years with Luca Guadagnino, who’s finishing directing it. It’s going to be incredible. I woke up at a hotel and had this email from Jason that said, Halloween reboot. You get it. What do you say? I was just like, ‘What the fuck does this mean?’ I wrote him back and said, Call me immediately, my body is reacting to this, because Halloween is one of those influential movies that I was never allowed to see and lied about having not seen to my parents for years. It hit all the right taboos, and it had a lore to it. We’re just writing it now.”
“The coolest part about that was going to John Carpenter and pitching him. If he didn’t like the take, it wouldn’t bode well. He’s one of my biggest heroes. I think we were just so concerned about getting the job that we didn’t think about how fucking scary that was to go sit down in front of him to tell him how we’d continue the story he’d created. It wasn’t until afterward that I realized, Fuck, this could go so badly. We’ll be really hurt if he schools us right now.
Breaking it down in looser terms, it seems the pair really want to aim to please with an ORIGINAL scary film set in the beloved Halloween universe. Are you excited yet? Because we all should very well be! More to come as news unfolds throughout the next few months as the untitled Halloween movie already has a theatrical release date for October 19th, 2018! Stay tuned!
In the meantime, check out these radical International movie posters from the original release of Halloween in 1978. No seriously, check out what Myers looks like Japanese style. It’s rather stunning and completely terrifying.