New Michael Myers won’t be immortal & won’t have a sister

Last Updated on July 31, 2021

I'm going to let you guys in on a little secret of mine. I believe I know the secret to making a new HALLOWEEN movie succeed. You ready? Okay, here we go:

The problem that has arisen with all the sequels to HALLOWEEN, including HALLOWEEN II, is that they are written, produced, and directed as if they are "slasher" movies. Slasher movies did not (for the most part) exist before HALLOWEEN. The original isn't a slasher film. Thus, the sequels shouldn't be.

Well, then what is HALLOWEEN? It's a ghost story. Write, direct, and produce a ghost story about a being that haunts an entire town one Halloween night, and you've got yourself a true HALLOWEEN sequel. Boom. Now on to today's news.

It was only a few days ago that we hit you guys with the news that Danny McBride was out and about promoting ALIEN: COVENANT and stopped by a podcast to talk a bit about his upcoming HALLOWEEN flick, which he is co-writing with director David Gordon Green.

In that article, we shared his thoughts on how to take the series back to basics and make it scary again. Today we have more info, again from Danny McBride, and again taken from an interview on a podcast. This time it was the Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show.

Danny McBride on HALLOWEEN:

It’s not a reboot, it’s not gonna be a rehash. It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out. I’d already seen all these movies but I’ve really been studying them now, and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made.

The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.

We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics. Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.

Okay, so let's recap. The new HALOWEEN is not a reboot, but a surprise continuation. Michael Myers will not be unkillable this time around, there will be no crazy backstory, and while there was no mention of Laurie Strode, in particular, there will be no sister-angle. 

Okay, all that sounds good to me. Keep Michael Myers like the shark in JAWS. Always searching, always stalking. Random victims. Boom. I'm all in on this take.

HALLOWEEN is set to be directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green and Danny McBride. Blumhouse will be producing and John Carpenter is on board as executive producer.

HALLOWEEN is set to be released October 19th, 2018.

Sylvia Jefferies was in Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II and McBride/Green's EASTBOUND & DOWN.

Source: Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show

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