By Jay Hunter – In the same week that Friday the 13th had it’s plug pulled, the upcoming Halloween movie is coming along nicely. Franchise creator, John Carpenter announced via his Facebook page that the movie – set for an October 19th, 2018 release date – will be directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). With the script being penned by Alien: Covenant star, Danny McBride whose writing credits include Eastbound & Down and Your Highness.
As previously announced, Carpenter will be an executive producer for the project, along with Halloween veteran Malek Akkad and horror tycoon Jordon Blum. Carpenter said in the 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 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.”
Whilst the producing side of Halloween is full of strong names, fans may be worried about the more comedic elements McBride and Green bring into their projects. Whilst the two are reportedly huge horror fans, there’s no doubt that Carpenter had a say on who would write and direct the project, so we can take solace in that.
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[Source – Variety]