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Eastbound and Down Collaborators to Helm Serious Reboot of John Carpenter’s Halloween

Following reports that John Carpenter would be joining as executive producer on a new reboot of the Halloween franchise, more details have been announced about the new and refurbished version of the legendary horror series. (Move over, Rob Zombie!) Carpenter confirmed via his Facebook page that David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express, Prince Avalanche) has signed on to direct the first film. He’ll also co-write with his Eastbound and Down and Vice Principals collaborator Danny McBride.

Another important endorsement comes from modern horror guru Jason Blumhouse, whose Blumhouse Productions will co-produce the film with Carpenter, Green, and McBride. Said Carpenter: ““I think you’re gonna dig it. They blew me away. I might even do the music.  Maybe. It could be kind of cool.”

It might seem unlikely that we’d get a super-straight-faced horror film out of the deal, given the personnel. But McBride clarified in a statement to Deadline that he and Green were excited to “step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing.” Whatever it ends up being, let’s just hope it’s better than that ’90s sequel with Paul Rudd.

The project is well beyond the purely speculative stage now: According to Carpenter’s post, Miramax has already set the film for a Oct. 19, 2018 release.