New horror titles don't seem to shock and awe like they did back in the day. From the flop Bye Bye Man to Rings, the element of genuine surprise seems to have disappeared. Yet Michael Myers remains one of the most iconic characters of the genre and for fans of the series, Halloween is set to make a comeback.
The franchise was born with the 1978 slasher as it would go on to spawn nine separate sequels. Ending with 2009's Halloween II from Rob Zombie. The original filmmaker and creator John Carpenter took to Facebook to make it all official, identifying David Gordon Green as a writer/director with Alien: Covenant and This Is the End star Danny McBride assisting with script development.
JC Taking Back What Is His
John Carpenter made his feelings known that he was not a fan of the Rob Zombie versions of the character, launching some incredible tirades at the artist for disrespecting and disregarding what had gone before. Using Facebook, the veteran explained that he would be looking after affairs as an executive producer.
"So you say you want a Revolution?," writes Carpenter. "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."
Carpenter Return Could Be Crucial Missing Piece of the Puzzle
While it is very much his bread and butter, Carpenter has not been involved in any major capacity of the franchise since the original. Waving the chance to be a director, writer or producer on the many sequels that would follow, the 69-year old has kept to himself for the past few years.
Last seen directing the 2010 picture The Ward, Carpenter's original 39 years prior remains the absolute pinnacle to score $71m at the box office from a reported budget of approximately $300,000. With the help of Green and McBride to take over two major duties, the horror legend might be able to revive one of the most feared faces in cinema.