This week started with news that Paramount was pulling its latest Friday the 13th movie from the schedule, and it now ends with the reveal that the Halloween reboot is going forward. Last year, it was announced that rights holder Miramax was teaming up with new House of Horror Blumhouse to reboot the vaunted slasher franchise, and it was coming with the approval and involvement of the man that started it all: John Carpenter. So now Miramax, Blumhouse and Carpenter have come to a decision, and they all agree, the best people to bring us the new phase of Halloween are the guys behind Pineapple Express.
Via Facebook last night, Carpenter announced that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, who also worked with each other on TV’s Eastbound and Down and Vice-Principals, will be taking over the next phase of Michael Myers killer career.
“David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct,” Carpenter wrote. “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.”
Well that’s an enthusiastic endorsement. Although Gordon is better known for his comedies including The Sitter and Your Highness, he’s also directed some pretty powerful dramas like Joe, and Snow Angels, as well as the thriller Undertow. McBride meanwhile will be dipping his toe in horror in a big way this summer when he appears in Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant. He’s also reported to be a fairly big horror film fanatic, and he’s worked with Gordon as a producer on several of the directors projects mentioned above. So clearly they are a solid team, but will they be able to finally get a Halloween movie on screens after nearly a decade of dormancy after Rob Zombie’s Halloween II? That is to be determined. A lot can happen between now and the release date.
The new Halloween is scheduled to be in theatres everywhere on October 19, 2018, just in time for the 40th anniversary of Carpenter’s original film.