After it was announced that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride would be the creative team tackling the new Halloween movie coming from John Carpenter and Jason Blum, we were too busy wondering what on earth that movie would be like to think too much about where it would come in the now-complicated Halloween chronology.
Thankfully, McBride has addressed both these issues. Speaking to Cinema Blend, the star of This Is The End and Vice Principals explained that their Halloween is going to be a sequel, not a remake.
“You know, it’s not a remake,” he said. It’s actually, it’s gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we’re focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.”
Well, it’s not a surprise that Season Of The Witch is being ignored, as much as we would love a sequel to Season Of The Witch…
If it’s going to follow on from any of the movies, it would also make a certain amount of sense to focus on the first two, as those movies introduced a bit of backstory (Laurie secretly being Michael Myers’ sister) without added complication of the evil cult that came in in parts 5 and 6. In fact, that’s kind of what everyone’s done, from the underrated Halloween: H20 to Zombie’s remake and its sequel (although Zombie did tip his hat to those films by casting Danielle Harris). As for Halloween: Resurrection…well, we can’t remember much about that film apart from the prologue and Busta Rhymes shouting “DANGERTAINMENT!”
Finally, and we’re sure that Green and McBride will be answering this question a lot over the coming months given their track record, the actor assured the site that it will be a horror, not a comedy horror.
“Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror,” said McBride. “Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There’s a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”
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