In perhaps one of the strangest pieces of news in the last few months, it was revealed that comedian/actor Danny McBride was helping to co-write a new version of the classic 1970’s horror Halloween, alongside acclaimed filmmakers David Gordon Green.
The two have worked together previously on Vice Principals and Eastbound and Down and got the blessing of creator John Carpenter back in February and work is set to begin very soon. With McBride now doing the promotional tours for his new film, Alien: Covenant, Empire spoke to him about the film and what fans can expect from the new interpretation. Speaking to the magazine’s podcast, he said:
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.
The Halloween series has been through many different sequels and remakes already – aside from the 1978 original, we have had seven sequels between 1981 to 2002, with the last two, Halloween: H20 and Halloween: Resurrection, seeing the return of Jamie Lee Curtis to her iconic role of Laurie Strode. In 2007, director Rob Zombie remade the film as well a sequel two years later.
On the news that McBride and Gordon Green would be writing a new film, Carpenter said: “I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away. I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.”
Filming is set to start this year with a release date set for October 19th, 2018. Alien: Covenant is out in cinemas now.