Halloween 2018 writer/director David Gordon Green and his co-scribe Danny McBride recently appeared on Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show where they dished extensively on their approach to reinvigorating the franchise. The video is over 2 hours long, but the good folks at Dread Central pulled the juiciest excerpts for us.
It’s exciting to hear how McBride and Green plan on upping the terror by going back to basics, stripping Michael Myers of the supernatural trappings that were the villain’s hallmarks in the franchises’ later sequels. They also confirm that they are on target to deliver Halloween 2018 on October 19th (2018, duh) with shooting set to begin in fall.
Per Dread Central:
“It’s not a reboot; it’s not gonna be a rehash,” said McBride. “It’s a continuation of Michael Myers – where we’re choosing to continue it from, you’ll have to see when the movie comes out. I’d already seen all these movies, but I’ve really been studying them now and just thinking about all the people that have been hired to make a Michael Myers movie. Just trying to avoid any mistakes that those people might’ve made. The first Halloween is scary as shit. And the second Halloween is scary, but not as scary. And then from there, it isn’t as scary. And I really think that what happens with it is that he basically becomes Frankenstein. No matter what anyone hits him with, he’s not gonna die. There’s no suspense.”
“We’re just trying to play with that. Make him real. Not make him real by giving him some crazy backstory either. Just getting back to the basics. Even the moment that they made Laurie and Michael Myers siblings – it also makes it not quite as scary. So all that kind of stuff to us… those are the things that took an amazing idea and took it somewhere it wasn’t quite as effective.”
It seems clear that McBride is stating (in barely veiled language) that they won’t be repeating the mistakes of Rob Zombie’s Halloween reboots, wherein Myers was given an extensive backstory before developing into an immortal hulk with the ability to commune with otherworldly forces.
Obviously, we’ll keep you posted as additional details emerge. Stay tuned!