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The new Halloween movie gets the Pineapple Express director

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John Carpenter has announced who will be writing and directing the new version of Halloween, which he is producing.

David Gordon Green (Eastbound & Down, Pineapple Express) will direct from a script he’s co-writing with Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down).

Here is what Carpenter had to say about it:

So you say you want a Revolution?

You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?

Well so do I.

So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:

David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.

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. They blew me away.

I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.

And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018

The fact Carpenter likes their plans does seem promising, but I am really not sure. I do like the work that McBride and Green have done. Can they do a Halloween movie justice? We shall have to wait and see.

“David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing,” McBride stated. He went on to explain how it would fit in with the previous films. “You know, it’s not a remake. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.

Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”

“John Carpenter’s Halloween was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans. It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers,” added Gordon Green.

Miramax and Blumhouse are partnered on the new Halloween movie with Trancas International Films. Jason Blum will produce for Blumhouse, while Malek Akkad will produce for Trancas.

How do you feel about Green and McBride’s involvement with the new Halloween film?

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