I know what you’re thinking: what’s the big deal about a Halloween sequel, right? I mean, it feels like we get either a Halloween, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street remake/reboot/sequel every 6–8 months. We’ve sent them into space…into Hell…and into the third dimension. We even did a buddy cop move by pairing up two of them in the same movie. So short of an IMAX-filmed animated musical, there’s nothing left to get fans excited for a another Michael Myers go-around.
Nothing except one name: John Carpenter.
In fact, you might be surprised to know that there are a number of reasons for horror aficionados to get pretty excited for this newest trip to Haddonfield. The as-yet-still-untitled new Halloween film, set to be directed by David Gordon Green and from a script by Green and Danny McBride, might just be the saving grace that the franchise has sorely needed.
● Carpenter really likes what Green and McBride pitched to him — and he says you will, too:
“David and Danny both came to my office recently with [Blumhouse producer] 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.”
● Carpenter is going to serve as executive producer on the sequel, and might even compose the music. This would be the first direct creative involvement Carpenter’s had in the Halloween franchise since 1982’s Myers-less Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
● You can forget about serial killer cults and Busta Rhymes, because this Halloween sequel is going to be a direct follow-up to 1981’s Halloween II and will ignore any sequels that came after the first one.
● This Michael Myers won’t have supernatural powers. Green and McBride are bringing the character back to his basics, going with a “less-is-more” approach to his backstory, too. (Spoiler Alert: we’ll know just how good Green and McBride are as writers when we see how they write away a bullet to each eye and a gas explosion in an operating room).
● If the most recent announcement holds, then this will be the only film in the Halloween franchise to actually be released on Halloween. In fact, this is the first Halloween movie to open in the month of October since 1989’s Halloween 5.
Dimension’s new Halloween sequel is tentatively set for an October 31, 2018 release.