Earlier this year it was announced that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green would be developing the next chapter in the Halloween franchise. When it was initially announced, the director of the original film, John Carpenter had this to say about their take on their vision for the movie:
“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."
His goal is to help make the "tenth sequel the scariest of them all." Now McBride is talking about his vision for the film, and it's definitely going to be a different take on the character because it sounds like Michael Meyers won't be immortal. While talking to Empire Film Podcast, he said:
“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen. I think it’s much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you’re taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can’t be killed pursuing you.”
McBride says some interesting other things during the interview like how he wants to bring back Carpenter's original vision, and that it will take place after the first two films. I'm a little confused by his statement about how the original films weren't turning Michael Myers into a supernatural being that couldn't be killed, though. Wasn't that what he was from the very beginning? After all, Myers was stabbed through the neck with a knitting needle and shot several times and still managed to get up and walk away in the first movie. Then in the sequel, he was blown up! This means that he'd have to have some kind of supernatural thing going on with him that doesn't allow him to die. Right? Especially if this next chapter takes place after Halloween II.
Carpenter himself has described the classic horror villain as being “almost a supernatural force”. Then if you go back to the 1979 Halloween novel, there's a prologue that tells the story of an ancient Celtic man named Enda and how he was cursed by a shaman to relive his crime forever after he murdered a Druid princess and her lover as an act of revenge. It goes on to explain how Michael Myers and his great grandfather had nightmares about Enda. I'd say that's supernatural!
Regardless, I'm sure all of these questions I have in my head will be answered when the new movie comes out. I'm a fan of McBride and Gordon-Green's work and I'm looking forward to seeing their new take on the character and the franchise. Who knows, maybe the curse will be lifted in this next chapter of the story, which would take away those supernatural elements of Myers. What do you all think?