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Much like Haddonfield, Ill. in 1978, something sinister is headed to Charleston thanks to Danny McBride and the team behind the upcoming remake of John Carpenter’s slasher classic Halloween.
In a recent interview with Filmmaker Magazine to promote his new drama Stronger, director David Gordon Green said that the Halloween remake would begin filming in Charleston in six weeks. This announcement comes on the heels of the revelation that Jamie Lee Curtis would be reprising her role as Laurie Strode from the 1978 original. With a script cowritten by Green and fellow Rough House Pictures founder and Vice Principals star Danny McBride, the film set to be released in fall 2018 — 40 years after the original hit theaters — has already begun securing its horror bona fides.
Original Halloween director and the man behind the film’s chilling score John Carpenter has been named as an executive producer for the new project, according to Halloween Daily News, which will be produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse, known for recent hits like Get Out and Split.
“Every horror fan knows Blumhouse and what they represent. The fact that me and Danny [McBride] wrote it is probably confusing to them, but we’ll keep that in the shadows. That is not going to be a part of how we campaign the movie,” Green told Filmmaker Magazine.
The story of an escaped mental patient returning to his hometown 20 years after he murdered his older sister on Halloween night has stood the test of time thanks in part to the original film’s simplicity. In May, McBride spoke about the film with Business Insider, promising fans of the franchise that the new remake will remain true to its roots.
“At the end of the day you’re dealing with a masked man who kills people and it’s crazy to see all the different sequels and what people tried to do or what might have been lost from the original in the hopes of creating more story,” McBride told an interviewer. “So we’re just trying to learn from that, and I feel what happened with Michael Myers, unfortunately, is in those later sequels he almost became a Frankenstein’s monster ... For us, we look at it, and it’s much scarier to just have that man who is hiding in the shadows as you’re taking the trash out to the backyard, as opposed to a guy who could be shot a bunch of times and still keeps coming back to life.”