“So you say you want a Revolution,” legendary director, John Carpenter, has just asked on his Facebook page. “You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again? Well so do I.”
In 1978, Carpenter created one of the most seminal and influential films of all time with his bone-chilling classic, Halloween. A massive money-maker, the film has inspired many sequels, as well as two rebooted titles from gore-master, Rob Zombie, who upped the body count with 2007’s Halloween and 2009’s Halloween II. Another reboot has been in the works for a while now, with most of the excitement building around the possible involvement of original writer/director/composer, John Carpenter. Well, now it’s official…but just who will resurrect the series’ famous knife-wielding maniac, Michael Myers?
According to John Carpenter himself, the script will come from…Danny McBride and David Gordon Green! That’s right, the writer/star of TV’s Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals will reteam with his friend and Your Highness director for what is sure to be a fresh and surprising take on the material. “David and Danny will write the script together, and David will direct,” says Carpenter on Facebook. “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 [producer] 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.”
Though principally known for his comedies (Pineapple Express, The Sitter, Your Highness), David Gordon Green is no stranger to darker material, with dramas like Snow Angels, Joe, Undertow, All The Real Girls, and George Washington on his resume. It’s an odd fit, sure, but did anyone – just for argument’s sake – imagine that Community writers, Joe and Anthony Russo, would eventually become two of the power players at Marvel Studios when they were initially announced as the directors of Captain America: Winter Solider?
At FilmInk, the prospect of Danny McBride and David Gordon Green doing a Halloween movie is nothing short of delicious. As is the following statement from John Carpenter: “I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool. And you’ll get to see it in theatres on October 19th, 2018.”
Start sharpening your knives, Michael Myers…we’re ready and waiting.