With Hollywood constantly looking to mine the barrel marked ‘nostalgia’, usually with little consideration for the franchise legacy or the legions of fans, Danny McBride has been speaking to IndieWire about potential reactions to his forthcoming Halloween sequel, which he co-wrote with Jeff Fradley.
Halloween, which will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, is directed by the genre hopping David Gordon Green, the filmmaker behind Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche, and it’s about him that McBride effuses most:-
“In this day and age, Hollywood is tapping into so many beloved franchises that it seems like any time anything comes out there’s the contingency of people that are stoked, and the contingency of people that are fucking pissed off and saying you ruined their childhood somehow.”
“I hope this thing tips more into the world of people liking it. I hope we don’t ruin too many childhoods. I think it will be interesting for people to see what David Green has pulled off as a director, going from things like ‘Stronger’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ and being able to segue into something that’s just straight, gritty horror. I’m always impressed with the different genre hats that David finds himself putting on, and I think people will be pleased with what he’s done here.”
Early word on the film is strong, and under the tutelage of John Carpenter and Blumhouse Productions, the house of horrors behind The Conjuring Universe, hopes are high that this night he comes home will be better than any of the countless sequels that have been released in the intervening 40 years. Let us know how excited you are in the comments section below…
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).
Halloween will be released on October 19, 2019.