New ‘Halloween’ Movie Taps Director David Gordon Green, Writer Danny McBride

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David Gordon Green has come on board to direct “Halloween” for Miramax with an Oct. 19, 2018, release date.

Franchise originator John Carpenter made the announcement Thursday from his Facebook page. Gordon Green, whose credits include “Stronger,” “Our Brand Is Crisis” and “Pineapple Express” is teaming with Danny McBride to write the script.

As previously announced, Carpenter will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and horror specialist Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for Miramax, which is co-financing with Blumhouse.

Carpenter created the first “Halloween” in 1978 with financing by producer Moustapha Akkad. The 10 films have generated over $400 million in worldwide box office.

The original “Halloween” was directed by Carpenter from his own script about Michael Myers as he stalks and kills teenage babysitters on Halloween night. The film begins with six-year-old Michael killing his teenage sister on Halloween in 1963; he escapes 15 years later from a sanitarium and stalks Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her friends as they babysit.

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.”

Gordon Green and McBride previously teamed on “Pineapple Express” and the HBO series “East Bound & Down.”

Carpenter is repped by APA and Stankevich Law. Both Gordon Green and McBride are repped by CAA.

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  1. Karl says:

    Agreed. It is going to look odd setting the plot straight after the first two movies without Loomis or Laurie. These two characters were the second and third wheel essential to the original two. Hope both get a mention though in the film.

  2. Bill B. says:

    “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans”.

    True, but that was all she wrote and this is not of any interest.

  3. Brock says:

    I’ve got the title!
    “HALLOWEEN:MG (Money Grab)”!
    What a HORRORible idea! I absolutely loved the ’78 original and its ’81 sequel. Watched “Season of the Witch” in ’83, and finally H20 in ’98.
    That’s it. Done! Enough already!

  4. PS says:

    You have to wonder how much money they threw at Carpenter to say these words. Part of me would like to believe he really means it, but a bigger part of me believes it’s just bs pr talk and the movie will be same old but even worse than the bad entries and somewhat of a disappointment. And I can’t possibly think what the direction would be. Continuing in the old H2 – 6 storyline? Picking up after HR, which ignored 2-6. Picking up after Zombie? Rehashing 1 again? Or do something without Michael (however unlikely that may be, but since Carpenter’s involved… who knows).

  5. THAT DUDE says:

    what about Rob and his two?

  6. Ryan says:

    You say “from his own script”. Don’t forget about Debra Hill. She co-wrote the original Halloween script with John.

  7. Spider says:

    Danny McBride writing a straight up horror “Halloween” flick??? ……….. I’m intrigued! Let’s do this!!!

    • Rex says:

      Yeah, especially if he puts lots of pot references in it. Because that makes all movies better, says Danny McBride. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Seth Rogen comes on board the project, you know, to “step outside his comedic collaborations” with these two. Then the movie could have jokes about pot AND gay panic.

      Seriously, though, it doesn’t matter WHO you put on a Halloween remake/reboot, even Carpenter himself; the franchise has been damaged beyond repair by not only most of the original sequels and the trailer-trashy “hardcore” Zombie remakes, but also the staggering number of fan films that should’ve been issued cease-and-desist orders before they ever turned on their camcorders.

      The very name “Halloween”, in terms of cinema history, is both iconic and something of a joke, depending on one’s frame of reference.

  8. Ahsoka says:

    Who is doing the casting for this film?

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