The “Halloween” franchise began with John Carpenter, Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis back in 1978, and it quickly became one of the most iconic horror-franchises in cinema history. The story of Michael Myers has had some ups and downs since that first film released, but John Carpenter and his new crew of creatives are coming back to hopefully restore the franchise to its former glory.
Earlier this month John Carpenter announced to his fans, via his Facebook page, that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, HBO’s Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals) will join the new production of “Halloween” for MIRAMAX, Trancas International Films and Blumhouse Productions.
The film also has a release date, the new “Halloween” is slated for theatrical release on October 19, 2018.
Carpenter told fans on Facebook, “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”. Carpenter added, “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.”
The Facebook announcement went on to say, “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.”
David Gordon Green said: “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans. It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers.”
Danny McBride said: “David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing.”
Malek Akkad said: “It’s been a long journey with many starts and stops, but I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited than by the team that we have assembled for the new ‘Halloween’. I truly feel this film will thrill fans, old and new, as well as being a high point in this legendary franchise.”
It was also announced that Gordon Green will direct from a screenplay by McBride and Green himself. As previously announced, Carpenter will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for MIRAMAX which is co-financing with Blumhouse.