Halloween co-writer Danny McBride hopes the new sequel doesn’t ruin the childhoods of many longtime fans. The original Halloween turns 40 in 2018, and is still revered as a classic of the genre. It also inspired a wave of slasher movies – including Friday The 13th - and the movie itself would receive a host of sequels and remakes. The continuity of the series became progressively more labyrinthine and twisted with each new entry, and producers have hit the reboot switch more than once.
For instance, Halloween: H20 pretended parts 4 to 6 didn’t happen as a way to explain the return of Laurie Strode – and to distance itself from the sillier aspects of those entries. The Halloween franchise has been stuck in limbo since Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 in 2009, but after a couple of potential projects came and went, Blumhouse finally picked up the rights and are producing a sequel that will acknowledge the 1978 original only.
Halloween (2018) will feature the return of original star Jamie Lee Curtis and series creator John Carpenter, but perhaps the biggest surprise announcement surrounding the project is that Danny McBride co-wrote the script. McBride penned the film alongside director David Gordon Green, and is best known as a comedic actor. It turns out he’s also a huge fan of the series, and revealed to Indiewire he's very aware of fan expectations:
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 f***ng p***ed 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.
While it’s understandable McBride might feel nervous about how Halloween (2018) will be received – especially in light of high-profile fan backlashes to movies like Star Wars: The Last Jedi – it feels like he doesn’t have much to worry about. Everything from casting choices to a very well received trailer point to the new sequel being a hit with fans, and the movie even undoes the somewhat controversial twist that revealed Laurie and Michael Myers were actually siblings.
Halloween (2018) is one of the most anticipated horror movies of the year, but while McBride once revealed he almost pitched two Halloween movies to be shot back to back to Blumhouse, it feels like this new project is a one off for all involved. Carpenter also returns to provide the score, like he did with the original and the first two sequels that followed. Blumhouse actually sought Carpenter’s blessing before making the movie, and his new score is so highly anticipated it received a teaser of its own recently.
- Halloween (2018) release date: Oct 19, 2018