JOHN CARPENTER ANNOUNCES THAT DANNY MCBRIDE AND DAVID GORDON GREEN ARE JOINING HIM ON NEW ‘HALLOWEEN’ FOR MIRAMAX®, TRANCAS AND BLUMHOUSE IN ASSOCIATION WITH
ROUGH HOUSE PICTURES
LOS ANGELES, February 9, 2017 – John Carpenter announced today via his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JohnCarpenterTheMasterofHorror/) that David Gordon Green (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis, Joe, Pineapple Express) and Danny McBride (Alien: Covenant, and co-creator of HBO’s Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals produced by Rough House Pictures) will join the new production of HALLOWEEN for MIRAMAX®, Trancas International Films and Blumhouse Productions.
Green will direct from a screenplay by McBride and Green. As previously announced, Carpenter will executive produce with Malek Akkad producing for Trancas and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse. Green and McBride will also executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Zanne Devine and David Thwaites will oversee for MIRAMAX® which is co-financing with Blumhouse. The new HALLOWEEN is slated for theatrical release on October 19, 2018.
Created in part by the multiple award-winning and legendary filmmaker Carpenter and financed by producer Moustapha Akkad in 1978, HALLOWEEN has gone on to become one of cinema’s most iconic horror franchises with a total of ten films that have generated over $400 million in worldwide box office.
Via Facebook John Carpenter said:
“So you say you want a Revolution?
You want to shake things up and bring back Halloween and make it rock again?
Well so do I.
So here’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:
David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
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.
I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool.
And you’ll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.”
David Gordon Green said: “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ was a monumental horror film experience for me and millions of film fans. It’s an honor to be working with this creative team to carve a new path in the tale of Michael Myers.”
Danny McBride said: “David and I are thrilled to step outside of our comedic collaborations and dive into a dark and vicious horror. Nobody will be laughing.”
Malek Akkad said: “It’s been a long journey with many starts and stops, but I can honestly say that I’ve never been more excited than by the team that we have assembled for the new ‘Halloween’. I truly feel this film will thrill fans, old and new, as well as being a high point in this legendary franchise.”
Carpenter is repped by APA and Stankevich Law. Both Green and McBride are repped by CAA.
Acquired by beIN Media Group (beinmediagroup.com) in March 2016, MIRAMAX® is a global film and television studio best known for its award-winning and original content. Nasser Al-Khelaifi serves as Chairman of MIRAMAX® and beIN Media Group. Upcoming projects include I, Tonya about controversial figure skater Tonya Harding starring Margot Robbie, the Johnny Depp film Labyrinth which MIRAMAX® is co-financing with Open Road Films, and Whitney, the documentary feature from Oscar®-winning director Kevin Macdonald on pop icon Whitney Houston, Recent releases include Bad Santa 2 starring Billy Bob Thornton, who reprises his Golden Globe nominated role as Willie Soke, and Oscar®, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Kathy Bates, with Broad Green Pictures co-producing/co-financing and handling U.S. theatrical; Bridget Jones’s Baby from Working Title for Universal Pictures, MIRAMAX® and StudioCanal, with Oscar® winners Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth reprising their roles in the third installment of the Bridget Jones film series; Southside With You, inspired by the first date of Barack and Michelle Obama, starring Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter, with MIRAMAX® and Roadside Attractions partnering on the U.S. release; as well as Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series in its third season in the U.S. on El Rey Network.
In 2015, MIRAMAX® together with Roadside Attractions, released the critically acclaimed Mr. Holmes, one of the year’s most successful independent hits, directed by Academy Award® winner Bill Condon and starring Academy Award® nominees Sir Ian McKellen and Laura Linney; as well as the Kevin Hart hit comedy The Wedding Ringer with Sony-Screen Gems.
Collectively, MIRAMAX’s unrivaled library of more than 700 titles has received 278 Academy Award® nominations and 68 Oscars®, earning most notably four Best Picture awards for The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Chicago and No Country for Old Men. More iconic titles from the library include critically acclaimed and commercial hits alike, such as Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, Bridget Jones’s Diary, the Scream film franchise, Kill Bill Vol. 1&2, and The Aviator.
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About Trancas International Films
Trancas International Films is a motion picture production and distribution company based primarily in Los Angeles, California, but operating worldwide. In addition to numerous other films in its library, Trancas, along with its subsidiary, Compass International Pictures, has been involved with each film in the iconic Halloween franchise, and has production and distribution deals with companies including Miramax, Dimension Films, The Weinstein Company, and Anchor Bay Entertainment.
About Blumhouse Productions
The Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning Blumhouse Productions is a multi-media company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse, which is in the midst of a ten year first look deal with Universal Pictures, has produced films like the highly profitable The Purge, Insidious, Ouija and Paranormal Activity franchises which have grossed more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office. Blumhouse’s most recent film is M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and its next film is Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out which recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim. The company’s model began with the original Paranormal Activity, which was made for $15,000 and grossed close to $200 million worldwide, making it the most profitable film in Hollywood. Blumhouse’s award winning films include Whiplash and Jason Blum won Emmys for his producing roles on HBO’s The Normal Heart and The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst. In television, Blumhouse also won two Peabodys- for The Jinx and the documentary How To Dance in Ohio, is currently producing Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams for HBO, based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel and is serving as the studio for a limited series adaptation of Gabriel Sherman’s acclaimed reporting on Roger Ailes, shepherded by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy.