John Carpenter confirms new 'Halloween' remake in 2018

David Gordon Green, Danny McBride receive director's praise for new spin on film


PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Michael Myers is coming home in another remake of the 1978 horror classic "Halloween."

"Pineapple Express" director David Gordon Green will helm the new remake, which he will co-write with frequent collaborator Danny McBride.

John Carpenter, who directed, wrote, produced and composed the music for the original, made the announcement Tuesday on his Facebook page.

"David and Danny both came to my office recently with (producer) Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and … WOW. They get it," Carpenter wrote. "I think you're gonna dig it. They blew me away."

The original "Halloween" paved the way for slasher movies of the 1980s, most notably "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street," both of which have numerous sequels and have been remade in the 21st century.

"Halloween," like the aforementioned films, spawned several sequels (seven, to be exact), each one straying farther and farther away from what made the original a modern classic of the horror genre. Carpenter co-wrote the 1981 sequel, which introduced the storyline of Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) as Michael Myers' sister, and produced the 1982 third film (the only one in which Myers is absent, save for a "Halloween" commercial within the movie).

The late Moustapha Akkad took control of the subsequent "Halloween" movies without Carpenter's involvement.

Musician-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie took a turn at the "Halloween" franchise, writing and directing the 2007 remake and its 2009 sequel.

Green and McBride might be a surprising choice to reinvent the lore, considering their background in comedy (McBride starred in the HBO comedy series "Eastbound & Down"), but given Carpenter's glowing endorsement, it seems that the men behind the new "Halloween" are serious about this remake.

Perhaps the newest version will even bring about the return of Carpenter's synthesizer-heavy score.

"I might even do the music. Maybe," Carpenter wrote. "It could be kind of cool."

Carpenter said the newest version of "Halloween" is scheduled for an Oct. 19, 2018 release.

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