The upcoming Halloween movie, which will be directed by David Gordon Green and based on a script by Green and Danny McBride, will begin shooting in January. While little remains known about plot details for the project, the film will feature a highly-anticipated appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis as her seminal protagonist Laurie Strode and John Carpenter is set to provide the score. McBride recently sat down with the Charleston City Paper to explain the influence that the original 1978 film has on this project, and how he envisions the tone of the upcoming picture. Here’s what he had to say:
In an article with Rue Morgue, Sandy King confirmed that her husband, John Carpenter would direct the pilot episode of Tales for a Halloween Night. As we reported back in July, the duo will be adapting the series for television.
On others who would helm the episodes following him, she said, “And then we’ll hopefully bring on some great horror directors—and just great directors—so that it’ll be a high-end show. We want anything that has our brand associated with it to be a satisfying experience for readers, watchers, whatever we’re doing.” read more
On an unseasonably warm Saturday night in Seymour, CT, Larry Dwyer brought the Halloween season to the horror faithful. Dwyer’s Connecticut Cult Classics held “The Night HE Came Home” double-feature at the Strand Theater to a packed house of eager horror fans. Consisting of John Carpentae’s Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981), the quintessential dark holiday films were only part of the experience as once again each attendee was treated to a bag full of Halloween-themed goodies, an opportunity to obtain a limited edition print created just for the event, and even a t-shirt cannon spraying the crowd with exclusive CCC shirts! It was a remarkable night that further cemented CCC film fests as the area’s unquestioned can’t-miss event. read more
Outside of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are known for their incredible musical scores for films such as The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Before the Flood. The academy award winning duo have recently turned their attention to the 1978 classic, Halloween, to celebrate the upcoming release of John Carpenter’s LP, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. The album will feature new recordings by Carpenter of his most famous movie themes during his most prolific period of directing and scoring his own films. To raise awareness of the upcoming release, Reznor and Ross have released a track to the web entitled “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Version” The track runs nearly eight minutes long, and it contains all of the classic musical trademarks of the original recording along with new signature musical twists which are consistent with Reznor’s and Ross’ work. read more
Try to bear with me on this one, folks, as it may get a bit confusing. Back in 1988, Michael Myers came back to the big screen after a 7-year hiatus. Last seen burning to death in the halls of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in 1981’s Halloween 2, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers told us that Michael actually survived being shot in the face a few times and getting burnt to a crisp. Also in H4, we learned of the passing of Laurie Strode and are introduced to her daughter Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris). read more
Legendary writer/director/composer John Carpenter has recently inked a deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop his graphic novel Tales for a Halloween Night into a series for the SyFy channel according to Deadline.
Dawn Olmstead, executive VP of development for UCP said, “John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams. We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”
Carpenter is also developing with Nightside with UCP, a fantasy novel series by Simon R. Green. described as “the secret heart of London beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys, hidden in eternal darkness where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine.” Nightside is being scripted by Jill Blotevogel of Scream: The TV Series. read more
We reported back in February that the next Halloween movie will be written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, and directed by Green. John Carpenter will serve as executive producer and he is considering composing the music for the film. Around the time of the announcement, McBride and Green alluded to the film being a literal or spiritual successor to 1981’s Halloween II. Now, Danny McBride has dropped another tidbit on the project that proves the group’s commitment to the earlier films of the franchise: the new Michael Myers will not have supernatural or immortal qualities! read more
Mondo and USAopoly announced today the release and provided images for “The Thing™ Infection at Outpost 31.” The game will be released in October and both a regular and an exclusive version will be available.
The regular version of the game will feature artwork and designs by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative. For the collectors out there, Mondo will be releasing an exclusive version of the game, sold exclusively through MondoTees.com. The exclusive version of the game will be limited to 1,982 copies, and feature different packaging artwork by Jock. The limited edition game will also come with a Mondo print, enamel pin, and two additional sculpted movers: the Norwegian character and the Palmer Thing. read more
When Snake Plissken next hits our theater screens, he’ll be taking orders from somebody very familiar to horror fans. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete) in in talks to helm the remake of the cult classic Escape From New York. While plans for the remake of the 1981 movie (which takes a bleak look into a dystopian future where New York City is now a city-wide prison) have been floating around the 20th Century Fox studios for around a decade, the hiring of the 48-year-old Rodriguez is a strong sign that the project is really ramping up and is one step closer to becoming a reality. read more
Anyone who knows anything about Kurt Russell- the legendary actor behind classic John Carpenter heroes like Jack Burton, Snake Plissken, and R.J. MacReady- must’ve jumped right out of their seat when it was announced that he would be playing Chris Pratt’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He recently sat down with io9 to discuss his role in the upcoming film and to draw connections between his early work and Pratt’s performances. Russell practically invented the “sometimes heroic/sometimes hilarious cool dude” archetype, so it makes perfect sense that he play “Ego” to Pratt’s “Star-Lord.” Turns out, Russell is just as aware of this as the rest of us. Here’s what he had to say: read more