In a rather peculiar announcement, John Carpenter has taken to Facebook to reveal the first official details on the next Halloween movie that he’s producing in partnership with Blumhouse, revealing that David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) will co-write the script for the film with Danny McBride (yes, Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride) and also direct the feature. In addition, Carpenter confirmed the film will arrive in theaters next year on October 19, 2018, forty years after the premiere of the original film.
“So you say you want a Revolution?” the legendary director writes. “You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again? Well so do I. 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.”
David Gordon Green said, “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans. It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers.”
“David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror,” Danny McBride adds. “Nobody will be laughing.”
“It’s been a long journey with many starts and stops,” Producer Malek Akkad noted. “But I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited than by the team that we have assembled for the new ‘Halloween’. I truly feel this film will thrill fans, old and new, as well as being a high point in this legendary franchise.”
As previously announced, Carpenter will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for MIRAMAX which is co-financing with Blumhouse.