It’s been almost nine months since Blumhouse, the production company behind the hit horror franchises Paranormal Activity and The Purge, announced that they would take over the Halloween franchise. And it’s been almost nine months since we heard any updates about their plans, despite rampant speculation about which filmmaker would spearhead the project.
But at last, that nightmare is over. It has just been announced that the newest film in the Halloween series will be directed by none other than David Gordon Green, the acclaimed director of George Washington, All the Real Girls and the stoner comedy Pineapple Express.
David Gordon Green is joined by his Eastbound and Down collaborator Danny McBride, who will co-write the upcoming movie, the first new Halloween feature film since Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, which came out eight years ago. In the press release, original Halloween director John Carpenter hinted – once again – that he might be scoring the new film, after composing the original, iconic Halloween theme back in 1978.
John Carpenter announced the new creative team on Facebook, in a press release that reads as follows:
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.
Additional quotes from the talent behind the new Halloween are as follows…
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.”
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