Halloween is a 2018 American horror film directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay co-written with actor Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant). Jamie Lee Curtis is Laurie Strode, Judy Greer is Karen Strode and Andi Matichak is her daughter, Allyson.
The film is a reboot of the slasher horror film series that began in 1978 and which has generated a total of nearly $400 million in worldwide box office. Jason Blum is producing with John Carpenter as an executive producer and now apparently scoring the movie too.
Bloody Disgusting has reported that filmmaker Nick Castle (from the 1978 original and the alien in Dark Star) will return as a cameo tribute to play ‘The Shape’ aka Michael Myers, alongside actor James Jude Courtney.
FX are being handled by Christopher Nelson (Suicide Squad, Deadpool, Sin City, Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2).
On 15 September 2017, John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis announced on social media that the latter is returning to fictional Haddonfield to appear in the 2018 reboot.
On 9th February 2017, it was announced that the film – which had been expected this year – is now scheduled for release on October 19, 2018. David Gordon Green is directed from a screenplay he is co-writing with actor Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant) who is best known for comedy roles.
In an interview in CinemaBlend, McBride reassured horror fans that he and Green aren’t planning a comedy version of Halloween, saying:
“Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”
McBride also suggested that the film would be a continuation of the events of Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981):
“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.”
Commenting on his Facebook page, John Carpenter said:
“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.”
On 25th May 2016, Bloody Disgusting posted the news that two genre-friendly directors – Mike Flanagan (Absentia; Hush; Oculus; Ouija 2) and Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die; You’re Next; The Guest; The Woods) – were apparently in the offing for the taking on the directorial chores.
When originally announcing the reboot to the press, executive producer John Carpenter said: “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween I’m going to help to try to make the tenth sequel the scariest of them all.”
Jason Blum added: “Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”