Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals), who is co-writing the new Halloween movie with director David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express), is making the rounds this week promoting his role in Alien: Covenant, but the subject of Halloween keeps coming up and McBride just dropped some interesting and encouraging comments about taking the Michael Myers franchise back to its roots.
McBride tells The Empire Film Podcast (via Bloody-Disgusting): “Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original.
“It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.
“I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”
David Gordon Green will direct from a screenplay by he and McBride. John Carpenter will executive produce and may also score the film, with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for Miramax, which is co-financing with Blumhouse.
As I’m sure you are well aware, 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of John Carpenter’s original 1978 Halloween.
The new Halloween is scheduled for theatrical release on October 19, 2018.
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