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2016 was a good year for horror, producing hits like The Conjuring 2 and Lights Out, and while 2017 has gotten off to a great start with the genre thanks to Rings and The Bye Bye Man, there are plenty of other scares on the way with movies like Get Out, Amityville: The Awakening and Saw: Legacy. As for what's coming in the years afterwards, horror fans can look forward to at least one big franchise finally returning. John Carpenter, director of 1978's Halloween, has announced that a reboot of his classic movie is in the works.
On his Facebook page earlier, John Carpenter announced that Halloween will be rebooted for a 2018 release, and he'll be working on it with David Gordon Green and Danny McBride. According to Carpenter, the two of them came to his office recently with Jason Blum, shared their vision of a new Halloween story and he was blown away by it. Green and McBride will write the script together, and Green will handle directing duties on his own. As for Carpenter, he will remain an executive producer and "offer my advice and feedback as needed." However, he did suggest that he might do the music as well.
David Gordon Green has directed a variety of films over his Hollywood career, including George Washington, All The Real Girls, Your Highness, Snow Angels, and Prince Avalanche. Danny McBride, who worked with Green on Pineapple Express and Eastbound & Down, among others, is primarily known for his comedic performances in projects like Tropic Thunder, Sausage Party and Vice Principals. However, he's dipping his toes into more intense material later this year with Alien: Covenant. Horror isn't exactly a genre these two have a lot of experience with, but if John Carpenter was so impressed with their Halloween idea that he okayed a reboot, it's hopefully a damn good story.
1978's Halloween introduced Michael Myers to the world, a mask-wearing, knife-wielding serial killer who murdered his family and now turns his homicidal attentions to others. That original movie spawned seven sequels (although Halloween III: Season of the Witch did not feature Michael) and a 2007 remake, which earned its own sequel in 2009. With the news about how the Friday the 13th reboot has reportedly been scrapped, it's somewhat amusing that Halloween has swooped in to take its place as the horror classic gearing up for a re-imagining, and it will be interesting to see what David Gordon Green and Danny McBride have in store to make this story unique from its predecessors.
The Halloween reboot will slash its way into theaters on October 19th, 2018. Let us know how you feel about this classic being retold once again on the big screen in the comments below.