David Gordon Green and Danny McBride to write & direct Halloween remake

Halloween David Gordon Green Danny McBride

After the news that Paramount had shelved their FRIDAY THE 13TH remake after the unwelcome reception which RINGS had received, I certainly didn't expect to be hearing any major news about more big-screen horror remakes in the near future, but here we are. Last year it was announced that John Carpenter would be producing a brand-new remake of HALLOWEEN, which was definitely exciting news for fans of the franchise, but we hadn't heard an awful lot about the project since then.

That all changed today when John Carpenter himself announced that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride (yes, you read that right) had come on-board to write and direct the HALLOWEEN remake. Well, that news is certainly surprising, but the involvement of Green and McBride might just give the franchise the shot in the arm that it needs. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride, who are best known for PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and HBO's Eastbound & Down, will pen the HALLOWEEN script together with Green taking on directing duties. Here's what John Carpenter had to say in his Facebook post.

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.

David Gordon Green responded by saying that "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 added that both David and himself are "thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing."

Last year Carpenter said that the series had "gone astray a little bit" and that they were going to try to "go back to the earlier traditions that we started with" with this new remake. He also added that the previous remake, helmed by Rob Zombie, ended up going "off somewhere that I didn't want it to go. Michael Myers is not a character, he's a force of nature. He is not a person; he is part supernatural, part human. When you start straying away from that and start explaining, you're lost. So hopefully we can guide it back in that direction." Carpenter said that he's hoping to "make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all." Fingers crossed that they succeed.

What do you folks think about David Gordon Green and Danny McBride taking the reins of HALLOWEEN?

Source: John Carpenter

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