Myers needs to be scary again in the sense that the slasher needs to go back to his roots of being more as mortal and not so invincible.
The announcement of a reboot of the prominent slasher series earlier this year by director David Gordon Lee (Eastbound and Down, Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride left many people confused. Although the project received the approval of original director/screenwriter John Carpenter, who will also serve as a consultant and executive producer on the reboot, fans still found it odd that the due behind Your Highness will take-over the Halloween franchise.
Months have passed since the last time news about the Halloween reboot were updated, but McBride addressed what can be exptected regarding the reboot in an interview with The Empire Film Podcastwhile as he was promoting Covenant, which will be released on May 19th. He has stated before that the reboot will be some kind of continuation to the first two installments in the series, but has also added the necessity of making Myers mortal as he originally was, instead of being undying.
“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, 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.”
He added, “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.”
Carpenter, who could potentially handle the film’s score, will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Gordon Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.
The film will premiere on October 19th, 2018.