Yesterday gifted us with some unexpected news. Danny McBride and David Gordon Green will write the next Halloween film, with Green directing what’s said to be a fresh take on the iconic franchise. The duo have worked together several times in the past, yet horror never entered the equation. As such, this is going to be a first for them in many ways.
With only a few precious details released so far, most assumed that they’d be remaking John Carpenter’s classic trendsetter, much like Rob Zombie did ten years go. According to McBride, however, that’s not the case. They’re not doing a remake at all, but rather a story continuation.
During a recent interview with Cinema Blend, the actor discussed the project and clarified a couple of things:
You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.
Though McBride and Green are often associated with their stoner comedies, namely Pineapple Express and Your Highness, they’ve worked together on multiple projects over the years. For instance, Green served as a director on McBride’s HBO series Eastbound and Down. He’ll also direct Vice Principals‘s second season. Their relationship extends quite a ways back, in fact, as McBride starred in Green’s All the Real Girls, which was his first role in 2003.
Green typically specializes in middle-to-lower class character dramas, exploring suburbia, introspective characters and troubled relationships. Those are all key to the underlying mythology of Halloween, especially Michael Myers’ troubled childhood, so the project is in good hands.
It’d be nice to see the film fulfill the promise laid in the first half of Zombie’s lopsided Halloween, before it turned terrible. At least, in this writer’s opinion. Whatever the exciting duo has cooked up though, we’re confident that Green and McBride will be able to deliver.
Tell us, are you looking forward to this new take on Halloween? And do you think that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are the right people to bring it to the big screen? Let us know in the usual place!