Via his Facebook page yesterday, legendary director John Carpenter revealed that the next incarnation of Michael Meyers’ story will be told by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride.
McBride (This is the End, Vice Principals, Eastbound and Down) will tackle co-scripting duties along with Green (Pineapple Express, Our Brand is Crisis), who will also direct the reboot. Carpenter, who directed the 1978 original, is executive producing the project. Here’s the glowing announcement he made 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:
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.
Hopefully that kind of ringing endorsement is encouraging to fans, as some might find it surprising for two comedy veterans to be heading up the revival of the horror classic. However, Danny McBride is starring in this May’s Alien: Covenant (directed by Ridley Scott himself), so this wouldn’t be the first time he’s dipped his toe in the horror genre waters.
After the news of their involvement broke, 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.” 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.”
Not much else was announced about the project yesterday, but considering that the release date is set for next year, expect to see and hear more about Halloween soon. The new take on the horror classic is set to release on Oct. 19, 2018.