‘Halloween’ 2018 Filming This Fall!; No Sister Connection(?)

Confirming what many of us have speculated and hoped, the new Halloween movie will begin filming this fall for its October 2018 release, according to recent statements from 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).

As McBride continues to make the rounds this week promoting his role in Alien: Covenant, he keeps dropping little nuggets of interesting Halloween news, now speaking to the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show (via Bloody-Disgusting), revealing that filming will take place this fall and further suggests that Michael Myers will not have a sister in this re-imagining.

“It’s not a reboot,” says McBride. “It’s not gonna be a rehash. It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out.

“I’d already seen all these movies but I’ve really been studying them now, and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made. The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.

“We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics.

“Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.”

As we previously reported, just yesterday McBride told Entertainment Weekly, “David Green is one of my oldest friends. He was my neighbor in my freshman year at college. We’ve just always been buddies, we’ve always worked together, and we have a company together. He gave me a call one day and said he had been approached to direct another installment of Halloween. We’re having a blast with it.

“We just love that original Halloween. There’s something so scary about how simple it was. I had seen all the Halloween films. We really were studying all the sequels and stuff, just to see where exactly it went wrong. It definitely kind of felt that, as the series went on, Michael Myers became like Frankenstein and he was like indestructible and I think the more indestructible he was, the less scary he became.

“And so David and I, our ambition is to strip it down and get it back to [being] grounded in reality, which I think makes it scarier.”

This definitely echoes earlier comments McBride made last week about taking the franchise back to its roots to make it truly scary again. 

I for one can’t wait to see the movie, as I’ve said before that the only place to take the franchise is back to the way it was in the original film, where Michael is silently stalking an innocent girl for no apparent reason and it’s terrifying.

How do you feel about these new comments? Sound off below!

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.

Keep watching this site for updates on the return of Michael Myers and the all the latest news on the next Halloween movie!

Team 'Halloween', Jason Blum, Malek Akkad, David Gordon Green, and Danny McBride.
Team ‘Halloween’, Jason Blum, Malek Akkad, David Gordon Green, and Danny McBride.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.