Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield this October some forty years after his original killing spree to face Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode for a final time in the new Halloween movie from director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly following the release of the first trailer, McBride has revealed that the original plan was to shoot two movies back-to-back, and the prospect of a sequel remains on the table should this movie go down well with audiences.
“We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back… Then we were like, Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we’d never work again. So, let’s not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren’t going to like. So, we were like, Let’s learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn’t. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it.”
Meanwhile, in a separate interview with ComingSoon, McBride talked about the decision to ignore all of the sequels to John Carpenter’s classic original, which – as a result – means that Michael and Laurie are no longer siblings.
“I was pushing for that removal right off the bat,” said McBride. “I just felt like that was an area where he wasn’t quite as scary any more, it seemed too personalised. I wasn’t as afraid of Michael Myers any more because I’m not his fucking brother so he’s not coming after me. Also you’ve seen it, so wouldn’t it be interesting just to see what would happen if it wasn’t that, and what does that open up for us if it wasn’t this random killing that has affected this character, so it just seemed like new territory to bite off.”
“Anyone who’s a fan of any of these films will find nice little Easter eggs acknowledging our salute to the filmmakers that have preceded us in the stories and mythologies as they have unfolded,” he continued. “For us, it was a clean slate type of opportunity, where if there was a little inspiration or mirror image of something it’s very subtle in the movie because we want to start fresh for a new generation but with great appreciation for the previous.”
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 is being directed by David Gordon Green from a script by Green and Danny McBride. In addition to the returning Jamie Lee Curtis (Laurie Strode) and Nick Castle (Michael Myers), the film stars Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes), Andi Matichak (Orange Is the New Black), Will Patton (Shots Fired), Virginia Gardner (Runaways), Miles Robbins (Mozart in the Jungle), Dylan Arnold (Mudbound) and Drew Scheid (Stranger Things).