Need I remind you that the masked figure who haunts our imaginations every October will be back for a new franchise film alongside the man who created it all? On May 24 of 2016, I shared the news about Michael Myers and John Carpenter’s harrowing return to the big screen.
In my article I explained Carpenter’s agreement to take part as executive producer in the latest “Halloween” franchise film, even saying his goal is to make this “tenth sequel” the “scariest of them all.”
John Carpenter worked alongside the late Debra Hill to write and direct the first two “Halloween” films, which have transformed into an iconic but also kind of shitty franchise (after Carpenter stopped having anything to do with the movies). However, now that Carpenter is back, many hope the gruesome glory of the franchise will be back too.
“I found myself bitching all these years about them making another (‘Halloween’ remake),” Carpenter said in an interview with Dark Universe. “(S)o, with this one I thought, well, maybe I can get in and help and make something I’m proud of instead of sitting at home grumbling.”
Since last year there have been a handful of significant updates in relation to the tenth “Halloween” film, including news about the film’s director and writers.
The new “Halloween” installment will be directed by David Gordon Green, according to an article published by Blumhouse back in February. You are probably familiar with Green’s film “Pineapple Express (2008).” Green has also directed “Your Highness (2011),” “The Sitter (2011)” and “Joe (2014),” among others. He’s primarily attached to comedic stoner films, but movies like “Joe” (see below) and “Snow Angels (2008)” show Green’s range. Apparently Green was also part of the “Suspiria” remake (don’t get me started…) until the film connected with Amazon.
Green will also co-write the film alongside Danny McBride. You know McBride from his acting roles in “This Is The End” (2013), “Pineapple Express,” and “Your Highness.” Most recently, McBride acted in “Alien Covenant (2017),” which is more horror-esc than these blockbuster weed flicks.
While both Green and McBride are known for their comedic work, both have also made efforts to reach outside of the genre and channel their passion for horror. Plus, there’s something about stoners and horror that go hand in hand. McBride spoke with several publications recently about the direction this tenth film will take.
“Nobody will be laughing,” he stated in a Blumhouse article. He also told Empire Film Podcast, “(l)ook 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.”
I like the sound of that. In regards to the screenplay, Green and McBride confirm “Halloween Returns” will not be a remake of the 1978 original. Instead, the movie will play primarily off of the first two films and “continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way,” according to McBride in a Cinema Blend interview.
While many are puzzled about the director and writers selection, I’m not mad at it. And neither is Carpenter.
“David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie,” Carpenter posted on Facebook. “(A)nd… WOW. They get it. I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away.”
IF JOHN CARPENTER IS BLOWN AWAY THAN SO AM I.
Carpenter additionally announced in his February Facebook post that he, “might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.”
Dammit John! In last year’s announcement Carpenter also teased his potential involvement in the score. Considering the “Halloween” movie soundtrack is one of the greatest of all time, and Carpenter is still at it producing music, this could be a recipe for greatness.
Carpenter’s final announcement in his Facebook post was the release date of the film: October 19, 2018. I’m there.
With the release date decided, the movie will begin filming in the fall of this year, according to MovieWeb. And, to get us even more excited for this promising production, we have an official movie poster.
— ComingSoon.net (@comingsoonnet) May 23, 2017
It’s simple, classic, resembles that of the first and is eerie as fuck. If this movie poster reflects anything that this upcoming film will be, I think we’re in for a (trick o’) treat.