While out on the promotional trailer for Alien: Covenant, Danny McBride found himself talking on the Empire Film Podcast, where he shared some more information about he and Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween reboot. The film, which is heading our way in 2018, will reportedly act both as a continuation of sorts from the 1978 original and 1981’s Halloween II and a reimagined take on the mythology.
McBride talked of his disappointment at later Halloween films, and his wish to take things back to basics to make Michael Myers scary again.
“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement,” McBride said, teasingly. “David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.” He added: “I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”
McBride and Green are co-writing the film, which Green will direct. The duo will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner, along with John Carpenter himself, who has also teased the possibility of providing the score. Malek Akkad (producer on every entry in the franchise since 1995’s The Curse of Michael Myers, including Rob Zombie’s divisive reimaginings) is producing for Trancas with Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse.
Halloween is set to return to the big screen on October 19th, 2018.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)