One of the biggest surprise announcements so far this year was the word from John Carpenter himself regarding the new HALLOWEEN film that he was producing. With quite a bit of evident enthusiasm, Carpenter announced that the new film, now a sequel and not a reboot, would be directed by David Gordon Green, and to be written by Green and Danny McBride.
Many fans were left scratching their heads, as the duo are known for more comedies, and there were more than a few grumbles about what direction this new film might be taking. Word starting getting around fairly quickly about how big fans of genre films they are, as Danny McBride is already in the upcoming ALIEN COVENANT. John Carpenter something in the two, as their pitch to him really got him excited and landed them the gig.
One thing that was music to horror fans’ ears was that they didn’t want to do a reboot, they wanted it to tie into the original HALLOWEEN 2. Speaking to IndieWire, Danny McBride said of a reboot versus as sequel or reimagining:
“We can’t talk for too much about the “Halloween” reboot, but David and I had a long talk with each other about when people do these with movies, where it goes wrong. What pisses me off when it comes to something I like? We all came to the decision that remaking something that already works isn’t a good idea. So we just have a reimagining instead.”
In the same interview, David Gordon Green talked about how their partnership with producer Jason Blum came to be:
“Jason Blum came to me. I’m a huge horror fan and I’ve never made one. I developed “Suspiria” for several years with Luca Guadagnino, who’s finishing directing it. It’s going to be incredible. I woke up at a hotel and had this email from Jason that said, “Halloween reboot. You get it. What do you say?” I was just like, “What the fuck does this mean?” I wrote him back and said, “Call me immediately, my body is reacting to this,” because “Halloween” is one of those influential movies that I was never allowed to see and lied about having not seen to my parents for years. It hit all the right taboos, and it had a lore to it. We’re just writing it now.”
John Carpenter has gone on record saying that it was their pitch to him that really got him excited. They just got it, and had a great handle on the simplicity and horror surrounding The Shape, and were tuned into what the next movie needed to be. Says Danny McBride of the pitch meeting:
“The coolest part about that was going to John Carpenter and pitching him. If he didn’t like the take, it wouldn’t bode well. He’s one of my biggest heroes. I think we were just so concerned about getting the job that we didn’t think about how fucking scary that was to go sit down in front of him to tell him how we’d continue the story he’d created. It wasn’t until afterward that I realized, “Fuck, this could go so badly. We’ll be really hurt if he schools us right now.”
With the two being huge horror fans, and earning the praise of the great John Carpenter, one has to imagine that we’re in for something really special with the upcoming HALLOWEEN. The only thing that can make this better is if Carpenter himself makes good on the tease that he may come back and actually do the music for the film.
We’ll keep you up to date with all the news coming out of this film. Are you excited about the duo doing the new film? Does it matter to you that Carpenter is serving as executive producer? Should he also do the music? Stay tuned!