Trends come and go, however it seems that reboots are a staple in Hollywood that will never flame out. Just next month audiences will be treated to the return of King Kong, the Power Rangers, along with Beauty and the Beast. Repackaging old concepts for a new generation isn’t a new phenomenon, or confined to a particular genre. However, the horror genre may have perfected the practice, whether its retelling ghost stories around the campfire, remaking The Fly, or recasting Freddy Krueger, there is an established history.
Later this year, Ridley Scott will be returning to the franchise he created nearly forty years ago with Alien: Covenant. Well it seems that others are getting into the act, including horror legend John Carpenter, who recently heard a pitch that he couldn’t refuse.
Carpenter, the famed director behind such classics as Escape From New York, Christine, and The Thing (which was a remake as well), just heard a pitch from an unexpected writing and directing team that he couldn’t refuse. David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Eastbound and Down) and Danny McBride (This is the End) are the minds behind the upcoming reboot to Halloween and Carpenter was so energized by the development, that he took to Facebook to reveal his enthusiasm.
It might seem that Green and McBride may be odd choices to bring the gruesome adventures of Michael Myers back to the big screen, but it’s hard to deny Carpenter’s excitement. In his post, the legendary director had this to say about how the project came together.
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.
McBride must be energized after getting the opportunity to be directed by Scott in Alien: Covenant, one of the actor’s favorite franchises. So, it’s easy to imagine McBride being inspired by watching another legend return to wheelhouse. Hopefully, he was taking detailed notes and asking lots of questions.
Blumhouse Productions have made a huge impact in Hollywood by producing quality horror flicks, on paltry budgets that rarely cross the $10 million dollar mark, such as Ouija, The Purge, and the recent smash-hit, Split. That type of low-risk/high reward investment has seemed to pay off both creatively and financially, so it seems like a good match. Blumhouse has already taken a gamble on a creative mind from the world of comedy with Jordan Peele, which resulted in this month’s anticipated release of Get Out. Which is yet another reason for enthusiasm for Green and McBride’s Halloween reboot.
The next big mystery is what is so special about Green and McBride’s pitch that’s inspired Carpenter and mega-producer Jason Blum to produce the reboot. The original Halloween is credited with giving a proper face to the “slasher” film. It zeroed in on horror tropes, such as the central antagonist who’s an unstoppable knife-wielding force who preys on promiscuous teenagers. The masked Michael Myers became a horror icon and inspired generations of imitators.
The Halloween franchise has already grown to ten films, including a reboot or two. So, while the franchise is iconic, there is a lot of room creatively for a new take. It’s a good time for the horror genre and hopefully Green and McBride have what it takes to bring Michael Myers back in style.
The reboot to Halloween is scheduled for release on October 19th, 2018.
Source: Facebook/John Carpenter