Horror fans received some exciting news this week from John Carpenter. Michael Myers is coming back to Haddonfield in a new Halloween reboot / remake.
John Carpenter posted:
“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.”
Many horror fans embraced the news while others are debating the possibilities. Blood Disgusting went on to write: “I’m not cautiously optimistic. I’m not even optimistic. I am just plain EXCITED.”
On the other hand, I am not excited or optimistic. Truth be told, I am utterly disappointed. And here is why:
1) Remakes and reboots of iconic horror films are rarely done right. The decision to do a remake or reboot is solely a numbers game. The production company knows they are going to make a significant profit because a certain amount of horror fans will go see the film. They know how many people like Michael Myers. They know how much they have to spend to get Michael Myers fans in the theaters.
Check out John Carpenters explanation of why remakes are being made:
I get it. Production companies want to make money that’s why it’s called the movie business. They leverage the risk of investing in a motion picture by using intellectual property that has a proven track record of being profitable. I understand that. But often times, they play it too safe and create a product that fails to live up to the standards that horror fans have for such a legendary horror icon.
2) Blumhouse Production is producing the new Halloween film. It’s no secret that producer Jason Blum makes his movies based on a formula. Blum prides himself on low budget horror films and getting many of them into the theater through his deal with Universal. Real indie filmmakers know that only in Los Angeles is $3 to $5 million dollar movies considered micro budget. The $3 to $5 million budget that he is talking about doesn’t include the $20 to $30 million that Universal puts behind the movie in marketing.
No one can argue Blum’s success with some of the Paranormal Activities, Insidious, and The Purge films. But is it the right model for a Halloween movie?
3) The creative team in place behind the new Halloween doesn’t look like anything to get excited about. David Gordon Green and Danny McBride will write the screenplay with David directing.
— Jason Blum (@jason_blum) February 10, 2017
This leaves me to ask the obvious.
Are people with such a vast background in comedy the right creative team to resurrection Michael Myers?
Blumhouse Productions spin machine is already at work to counter this. Rumors are being spread that both David and Danny are horror geeks. But I very seriously doubt that. In a town like Los Angeles, studio politics probably had more to do with assembling the creative team then common sense.
Just think the writer behind Your Highness is going to be writing Halloween. And the director of Your Highness and Pineapple Express will be directing and writing this reboot.
When will the studios and production companies learn? If I had the rights to Halloween, I would hold a screenwriting contest. Charge let’s say $75 to enter. And have horror fans from all over submit their spec script on the new Halloween. The studios would be better off doing that then letting the writer and director of Your Highness be the creative minds behind the Halloween reboot.
I hope I am wrong. I hope that make a kickass Halloween movie. But deep down inside, you know they are going to fuck it up. Just like Leatherface prequel is going to be fucked up. And countless other reboots and remakes.
At the end of the day, Blum will produce a low budget Halloween. Studios will make their money. Moviegoers will be disappointed. And the joke is going to be on horror fans.