John Carpenter hasn’t had a whole lot to do with the Halloween franchise since he first directed the smash cult-hit horror film way back in 1978. That film spawned a plethora of sequels and reboots, all taking on a life of their own and bringing in avid horror fans back to the theater one after another.
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Ten films later, John Carpenter is stepping back into the studio with Michael Myers and crew to take another stab at the Halloween mythology, but this time he isn’t going to be directing the flick.
In an announcement on Facebook, John Carpenter told his rabid fans that the next Halloween is not only happening, but gave fans a progress report as to just how well it is coming together. That includes giving fans an official release date for the next Halloween film, which will be on October 19, 2018.
“So you say you want a Revolution? 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,” John Carpenter wrote on his Facebook page. “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.”
If anyone else is wondering just why that date is special, it is nearly the exact date that the original Halloween film was released in theaters 40 years age. The original release date for Halloween, according to the IMDb, was October 25, 1978.
“Atmospheric and Creepy”
Even though John Carpenter won’t be directing the Halloween film, he will be the executive producer and has also said that he will be involved in the finer details of the film with strong input into how it will play out. Carpenter even said that he might be doing the music for the film as well.
As most horror fans may already know, John Carpenter did the classic score for the original Halloween and his theme has been used in every subsequent sequel and reboot in the Halloween franchise.
A big thanks to Joshua Millican over at Horror Freak News for putting this on my radar.
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