Danny McBride came close to pitching back-to-back Halloween sequels

This morning saw the much-anticipated release of the first trailer for Danny McBride and David Gordon Green's HALLOWEEN sequel, and for me, it more than lived up to the hype. Seeing Jamie Lee Curtis in crazy, bad-ass mode combined with a Micheal Myers who feels frightening once again was a dream come true, and I can only hope that the actual film is able to blow me away. In many ways, it feels like grand finale forty years in the making, with Laurie Strode and Michael Meyers coming face-to-face for the last time, but that doesn't mean that the HALLOWEEN franchise will come to an end

While speaking with Entertainment Weekly on the set of HALLOWEEN, co-writer Danny McBride revealed that David Gordon Green and himself had so many ideas for the project that they came quite close to pitching not one, but two HALLOWEEN films.

We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back. Then we were like, Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like. So, we were like, Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it.

It's probably for the best that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green put all of their energy into just the one film, but based on the reaction to the trailer, I'd wager that audiences would absolutely be down for another trip to Haddonfield. I suppose we'll see how feasible that is once HALLOWEEN is released later this year.

As the film ignores all of the sequels which followed John Carpenter's 1978 original, the sky is the limit for any future installments. David Gordon Green explained to EW exactly why they decided to ditch the sequels.

We watched all of them and I can actually enjoy all of them. But there just felt like such a simple truth to the original. I think by the time you add Michael and Laurie’s relationship, being family, or he’s only hunting his family, it takes that ‘Boogeyman’ out of it. I want everyone to be afraid of him. The first one really had that anonymity to who he was. [We are] stripping down the backstory, and philosophy, and motivation, and, you know, themes of cults, and things like that. In this one, we’re trying to go bare bones and tell a horrifying story of questions that have no answers. It’s just bad s— that happens.

HALLOWEEN will hit theaters on October 19, 2018.



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