Remakes and reboots of classic horror franchises haven't exactly been cinematic gold in recent years, with dead-on-arrival reboots of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises leaving fans and producers alike wondering where the franchises have left to go. With yet another Nightmare reboot struggling to get off the ground and a planned second Friday re-imagining having been unceremoniously axed (which at least seems fitting), fans could be forgiven for not getting too excited about the prospect of a new Halloween—but they should be, for one key reason.
Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride and producer David Gordon Green came together to work on the concept for the new film, which they pitched directly to original director/co-writer John Carpenter. Carpenter's reaction, posted to his Facebook page, was enough to get any fan's heart racing: "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."
McBride has explained to CinemaBlend that the new film won't be a remake or a reboot, but will instead serve as a sequel to the first film: "(I)t's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly (on) the first two movies and what that sets up." Miramax will release the Blumhouse production on October 19, 2018, just in time for the scariest night of the year.