Halloween Reboot

Starring in an Alien movie, co-writing a Halloween film, and a second season of Vice Principals on the way, it’s a good time to be a Danny McBride fan. McBride and David Gordon Green, who directed most of season 2 of Vice Principals, are working on getting Michael Meyers back in theaters next October.

According to McBride, the man in the iconic mask will no longer be some unkillable entity. Below, McBride discusses the new Halloween reboot and going back to the simplicity of John Carpenter‘s classic.

Green and McBride are making a Halloween film, not a Halloween remake. Based on previous comments, the original and Halloween II are cannon, but Green’s film will ignore the other sequels. While most of their collaborations have been comedic, the director and McBride are making a “straight-up horror movie.”

The actor told Variety they’re writing at this moment and aiming for a fall start:

We are writing pretty furiously right now and we’re trying to shoot it this fall. We want to try and get it out for the 40th anniversary next year, so we are deep in the trenches of the script and hammering away.

They’re going for a “simplicity and an efficiency,” which was lacking in some of the sequels and, most noticeably, the Rob Zombie films. During his time on the Empire Podcast, McBride said his and Green’s take isn’t a supernatural Michael Myers:

I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny. And it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed— that stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.

Myers was almost this unstoppable force in the first Halloween, surviving quite a few bumps, bruises, and gun shots maybe most humans wouldn’t, but he was still more rooted in reality than the following depictions of the character. It’s promising to hear McBride and Green want the character to tap into some real fear again. The Alien star isn’t confirmed to have a role in the movie, but after his strong work in Alien, I’m now hoping we see him appear and give Myers a good fight.

Halloween opens in theaters October 18, 2018.

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