Danny McBride and David Gordon Green to Pen New HALLOWEEN; Green to Direct
September 2015 brought word that legendary horror icon Michael Myers would finally menace the big screen once again in Halloween Returns, a revival of the Halloween slasher franchise. Marcus Dunstan (The Collector) was to direct from a script he had co-written with Patrick Melton, until Dimension Films lost the property rights that following December — resulting in the project’s cancellation. May 2016, Jason Blum of Blumhouse (the Paranormal Activity and Insidious franchises) announced he would be producing a new Halloween for Miramax and Trancas International Films with John Carpenter, director of the original 1978 Halloween.
We’ve heard little of the project since then, but Carpenter took to Facebook to reveal Danny McBride (screenwriter, Your Highness) and David Gordon Green will pen the new Halloween, with Green (director, Pineapple Express, Your Highness, Our Brand is Crisis) set to direct. “David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team,” Carpenter said in a Facebook post Thursday.
“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.”
“John Carpenter’s Halloween was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans,” Green said in an official release from Blumhouse. “It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers.”
“David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror,” added McBride. “Nobody will be laughing.”
“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,” shared Malek Akkad, producer and son of original Halloween franchise producer Moustapha Akkad. “I truly feel this film will thrill fans, old and new, as well as being a high point in this legendary franchise.”
As announced by Carpenter, the new — and currently untitled — Halloween movie will open October 19th, 2018.