Master of horror John Carpenter, who’s behind not only the “Halloween” film franchise but also horror classics such as “Christine” and “The Thing,” revealed that the high-profile “Halloween” reboot is set to arrive in theaters on Oct. 19, 2018, and the project has lined up some strong talent behind the cameras.
Carpenter broke the news about the project on his Facebook page. “David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team,” Carpenter wrote. “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.”
Carpenter noted that he might also do the music for the movie.
Green and McBride are frequent collaborators, including working together on the HBO comedy “Eastbound & Down,” co-created by and starring McBride.
Carpenter added: “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.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision notes that Carpenter’s original “Halloween,” released in 1978, “spawned seven sequels, some of them reboots, plus a 2007 remake directed by Rob Zombie, and its follow-up. The quality, however, was in line with other horror franchises such as ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’: a decline with each movie trying harder and harder to measure up to the first classic.”
The THR report adds: “Most ‘Halloween’ sequels also skimped on behind-the-camera talent, something that has ailed many other horror franchises. But with Green and McBride on board, it seems that the producers are serious about this remake.”