The hiring of Danny McBride and David Gordon Green to co-write and for the latter to direct the new “Halloween” film came as a surprise earlier this week. Both are known more for dark comedy work rather than horror, nonetheless they are interesting choices.
Speaking with Cinemablend in the wake of the announcement, McBride confirmed another surprise choice – that the new film won’t be a straight-up remake. Rather it will take place after the events of the first two original films in the series which both took place across one night. McBride says:
“You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.
Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”
The third film proved a standalone, the fourth and subsequent films took place at least a decade if not more later. Whether it will be a period piece set between the second and fourth films and will obey continuity, or whether it will just chuck out everything after the second, remains unclear.
The new “Halloween” is currently targeting an October 18th 2018 release.