John Carpenter Wants to Score the Next Halloween Sequel

Legendary filmmaker and composer John Carpenter wants to write the score for Blumhouse Productions' planned sequel to his classic 1978 horror movie Halloween. The ever-unpredictable David Gordon Green has been named to write and direct the sequel-not-reboot, which is tentatively set to arrive in 2018. The movie, according to co-writer Danny McBride, will follow from the events of Halloween II, ignoring all subsequent Halloween series films.

Carpenter's original Halloween was a groundbreaking film in 1978, practically single-handedly writing the rules for all slasher movies to come. Made for just $300,000, the film has gone on to gross $70 million, making it one of the most profitable independent films of all-time. Among the movie's innovative elements was Carpenter's synthesizer-heavy score, composed in just two weeks late in the film's production. The Halloween theme song would become one of the most recognizable pieces of movie music ever and Carpenter would go on to personally score nearly all of his subsequent films.

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Green, speaking to Business Insider entertainment reporter Jason Guerrasio at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, says Carpenter wants to remain involved in the franchise he launched by writing the score for the new movie. Green also says that Carpenter has read the movie's script, has given notes on it and "digs it."

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Carpenter giving his endorsement of Green and McBride's script is somewhat of a big deal, as Carpenter is known to be an out-spoken person when it comes to films inspired by his original material, and is not afraid to give a negative assessment if that's how he really feels. Carpenter did not have nice things to say about Rob Zombie's 2007 Halloween remake, bashing Zombie for straying too far from the original conception of the killer Michael Myers and destroying the character's mystique by over-explaining his origins.

The new Halloween is expected to stay away from providing a lot of background on Michael Myers, instead going back to the original movie's approach to the character. McBride says his and Green's Michael Myers won't be supernatural or invincible but will reflect Carpenter's vision of the character, which was simple and elemental and therefore arguably a lot more terrifying. McBride and Green have spoken gushingly of Carpenter's films, which possibly explains why Carpenter is so positively disposed toward their sequel that he's even willing to chip in by writing the music.

By the sounds of things, the writer-director team for Halloween is headed in a positive direction if their intent is to genuinely recapture the stripped-down, unrelenting scariness of the original film. Having John Carpenter's music underscoring the proceedings, lending it that very particular Carpenterian sense of slow, brooding tension, should only help the movie in delivering on its classic-horror promise.

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Source: Jason Guerrasio

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