With 2017's Halloween season now in the rearview mirror, it's already time to start looking ahead to the autumn of 2018, which will feature the release of the first Halloween movie in nearly ten years. Written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the next installment in the horror franchise has been hinted to take place in a separate timeline from the sequels, and in a recent interview, McBride discussed the "alternate reality" of the new movie and how it may even look at John Carpenter's original film in a different way.
Speaking with Yahoo, McBride had this to say about the timeline of the new Halloween movie:
"We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one. It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way."
In regards to the tone of the new Halloween film, McBride says that he and Green are shooting for scares that will hopefully stick with viewers after the end credits roll:
“I think you should be very scared. I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”
Slated for an October 19th, 2018 release, the new Halloween movie will feature the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who will have her "final confrontation with Michael Myers." Judy Greer is also in talks to play Laurie's daughter, Karen, in the new film (since the sequels are in a separate timeline from the new movie, it's likely that Laurie's daughter, Jamie, and son, John, won't factor into the new story).
Filming on the new Halloween movie is expected to take place in Charleston, South Carolina, and we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details are revealed. In the meantime, we have the official press release with full details, and be sure to visit Yahoo for more details from their interview with McBride.
"Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s HALLOWEEN on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
HALLOWEEN will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the HALLOWEEN series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.
HALLOWEEN will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures."