Paramount Pictures may have stalled a sequel to its Friday the 13th reboot, but Miramax is not letting that stop its plans to move forward with a Halloween reboot.
The horror film now has a director-writer team, according to The Hollywood Reporter: David Gordon Green and Danny McBride.
Green got his directing break with the crime comedy Pineapple Express in 2008 starring James Franco and Seth Rogen. He then moved almost primarily to television, directing episodes of Eastbound & Down on HBO as well as Amazon series Red Oaks.
He also is set to direct an episode of HBO’s comedy Vice Principals, which stars (and was co-created by) McBride. Just as Eastbound & Down and a series of other projects. In fact, the two have collaborated on more than 60 projects, at least according to IMDb.
Green and McBride may have to get past some skepticism from Halloween fans, but they at least got the endorsement of franchise co-creator John Carpenter. He took to Facebook Thursday to give Green and McBride a vote of confidence.
“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.
“I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.”
The original Halloween opened in October 1978, and would go on to gross $70 million worldwide for Compass International. In today’s dollars, that would equate to $272.1 million, and it finished among the top 10 films for the year in all categories. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis and the late Donald Pleasance, and was directed by Carpenter.
The success of that film built a franchise that would go on for decades, with many victims being chased by Michael Myers and his modified Capt. Kirk face mask. In fact, there were 10 films in all, which combined to gross $363.2 million.
Dimension Films tried a revival in 2009 called Halloween directed by Rob Zombie and starring people like Malcolm McDowell and Brad Dourif, but it only managed about what the original film did before it was adjusted for inflation.
That was enough to spawn a sequel in 2009, Halloween II, but it was only able to pick up $38.5 million worldwide.
Green continues to produce, including last year’s comedy Donald Cried and the upcoming Emile Hirsch comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin.
McBride continues a heavy workload, including Vice Principals on HBO, The Angry Birds Movie last year, and the upcoming Alien: Covenant. He just completed work on the comedy The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter starring Josh Brolin and Scoot McNairy, which is due in theaters this Christmas.
But we know it’s Halloween you’re more interested in right now. And that will be coming to a theater near you Oct. 19, 2018.
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