There’s been a lot of information about David Gordon Green’s Halloween movie floating around the internet. Some of it contradicts what we now know, but Danny McBride – the film’s writer – cleared the air in a recent interview about the series finale of his HBO show, Vice Principals, which ran for two seasons co-starring McBride and Walton Goggins as best frenemies vying for the same position at a South Carolina high school. In regards to how the upcoming Halloween film will fit into the franchise:
“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”
McBride went on to talk about how fans should be expecting a straight-up horror movie, despite almost everybody involved having a comedy background. He also opened up about how getting Jamie Lee Curtis involved in the project wasn’t about offering her a lot of money and had more to do with just writing a really great part.
“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”
“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”
“I just hope that we don’t fuck it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”
If there’s anyone who should be doing a Halloween movie, it’s David Gordon Green. He’s played around with horror in just about everything he’s ever made, including Vice Principals, and we’re excited to see him tackle a full-on scary movie with someone (Danny McBride) who has a clear appreciation of the genre. Halloween Returns hits theaters on October 19th, 2018!
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Source: Dread Central