On Thursday, John Carpenter dropped the Haddonfield bombshell horror fans have been waiting for when he announced that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride will be writing a new Halloween movie, with Green directing the anticipated new entry to the franchise. While details surrounding the story of the film are still under wraps, there has been some speculation that the latest Halloween film would be a remake, but McBride recently revealed that a remake isn't the direction he and Green are taking Michael Myers' story.

Speaking with CinemaBlend to promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Vice Principals Season 1, McBride discussed which parts of the pre-existing Halloween mythology will influence the new movie:

"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."

McBride also mentioned to CinemaBlend that he and Green have the desire to channel the "simplicity and efficiency" of Carpenter's original Halloween.

It's not yet known if Halloween sequels after the second film will have an impact on the storyline for the new movie, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. Released in 1978 and 1981, respectively, the first two Halloween movies focused on Michael Myers' quest to kill Laurie Strode, who was revealed to be his sister. Following the (mostly) Myers-less third Halloween film, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers picked up ten years after the events of the first movie.

A collaboration between Miramax, Trancas International Films, and Blumhouse Productions, the new Halloween movie is scheduled to come out on October 19th, 2018.

In addition to executive producing the new Halloween film, Carpenter might also help guide the franchise he began back in 1978 by providing the music for the film. Green and McBride will also be executive producing the anticipated project, along with Malek Akkad and Jason Blum. In case you missed it, we have the official press release below with full details, including Carpenter's initial announcement of Green and McBride's involvement:

Press Release (via HalloweenMovies.com): 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.”

Carpenter is repped by APA and Stankevich Law. Both Green and McBride are repped by CAA.

Source: CinemaBlend
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