Horror master John Carpenter has taken to Facebook today to formally announce the next film in the Halloween franchise. The series he created back in 1978 has gone through more drama behind the scenes in its 39 year history than I have time to type here, but us fans got excited last year when we heard that the master himself was returning to restore Michael to his former glory. And he is bringing David Gordon Green and Danny McBride with him. From his Facebook page:
And here is a press release from HalloweenMovies.com, the official home of the series online:
JOHN CARPENTER ANNOUNCES THAT DANNY MCBRIDE AND DAVID GORDON GREEN ARE JOINING HIM ON NEW 'HALLOWEEN' FOR MIRAMAX®, TRANCAS AND BLUMHOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH
ROUGH HOUSE PICTURES
LOS ANGELES, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarpenterTheMasterofHorror/) that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, and co-creator of HBO's Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals produced by Rough House Pictures) will join the new production of HALLOWEEN for MIRAMAX®, Trancas International Films and Blumhouse Productions.
Green will direct from a screenplay by McBride and Green. As previously announced, Carpenter will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. 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. The new HALLOWEEN is slated for theatrical release on October 19, 2018.
Created in part by the multiple award-winning and legendary filmmaker Carpenter and financed by producer Moustapha Akkad in 1978, HALLOWEEN has gone on to become one of cinema's most iconic horror franchises with a total of ten films that have generated over $400 million in worldwide box office.
Via Facebook John Carpenter said:
"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."
So there you have it. As a huge, huge fan of this series, I am pretty excited. The original is my favorite film (that doesn't have Star Wars in front of it) and having Carpenter back, makes me very pumped for what this has the potential to be. And to have it in October, on the 40th anniversary…wow. That is worth getting excited for.