After hearing the disappointing news earlier this week that the upcoming Friday the 13th reboot is dead in the water, we’ve actually got an exciting new development for another major slasher franchise that should more than make up for it. Last summer it was announced that Blumhouse Productions would be taking the reins on a brand new Halloween movie and that John Carpenter would return to the series as an executive producer. At the time, it was being reported that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) might direct, but it appears that is no longer the case. Instead, David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) is stepping up to both write and direct, and his buddy Danny McBride is co-writing as well. Here’s what John Carpenter had to say about it:
“So you say you want a Revolution?
You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?
Well so do I.
So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. 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.
And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”
While some might question the decision to hire two guys who are best known for their comedic collaborations, David Gordon Green fans know that he has been dying to direct a horror movie for some time now. He had been attached to direct a Suspiria remake for years, and although that seems to be stuck in development hell (edit: it’s still happening with a different director), a Halloween reboot could be a fantastic way for him to scratch that itch. What’s more, I trust these guys to give us a fresh new take on the legacy of Michael Myers rather than more of the same. Are you psyched to see David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s Halloween?