Danny McBride and filmmaker David Gordon Green are mostly known for straight up comedy, so their hiring to pen another entry “Halloween” franchise seemed an odd one. Then again, as “Get Out” proved, comedians often really know their stuff when it comes to genre fare and not afraid to innovate.
Forgetting both the Rob Zombie reboot and most of the sequels, it has previously been confirmed that the movie will essentially be a direct sequel to the first two films which were set across one night.
In a new interview for Empire, McBride says they also plan to return to the original’s stripped-down approach of a merciless killer without otherworldly abilities and a certain invincibility which he seemed to gain in the sequels:
“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.”
Blumhouse, Miramax and Trancas are behind the new take which original film director John Carpenter as executive producer and consultant, and previously teased he may do some score work for the film.
The new “Halloween” is targeting an October 19th 2018 release.