The New HALLOWEEN Film Won't Take any Big Steps Without John Carpenter's Approval
One of the most exciting pieces of news to come from this upcoming Halloween film is that Jamie Lee Curtis is coming back to reprise her role as Laurie. That was such a huge surprise and one that truly got me excited to see this movie.
The fact that John Carpenter is a producer on the film and that Danny McBride and David Gordon Green are writing and directing is definitely a big bonus. I've actually been curious to know how big of a role he actually has in the development process of the movie. Turns out his involvement is pretty important. During an interview with Comingsoon, producer Jason Blum reveals that he and the creative team won't take any big steps without his approval:
"We don’t take any big steps without his approval, so for instance hiring David and Danny he approved. He approved their pitch, he approved their first script. He approved bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis. So anytime we make a big creative turn he’s involved with that and we don’t do it without his blessing."
I love that he's actually actively involved with the development process. It seems to me like everyone working on this project is a big fan of the original two films and they want this next film to actually live up to the expectations of the fans.
"We went to him and asked him to be involved. There was no contractual, financial or any other obligation to have him on this movie. We went back and asked him to join us again."
Blum goes on to talk about why he wanted to bring on Gordon Green and McBride to develop the film.
"I think that good horror movie directors are good directors. Hollywood thinks you have to have directed a good horror movie to direct a studio horror movie, but I would much rather have someone who has directed a bunch of good movies than one good horror movie to direct one of our movies. What David brings to “Halloween” is he’s an amazing storyteller. He’s writing with Danny [McBride] and we start shooting in about five weeks, but what he’s bringing to it are his abilities as a great storyteller."
When I first heard that there was going to be another Halloween movie, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. But now... now, I'm excited! Everything that I've heard about the tone of the film and the direction that they want to take it has sounded great. And now that Jamie Lee Curtis is officially on board my excitement is complete.
I can't wait to see how they work her character back into the story after all these years!
The film will be released in theaters on October 19, 2018, which is forty years after the premiere of the original film.