David Gor­don Green on res­ur­rect­ing Michael My­ers


IF YOU HAD to guess the iden­tity of the di­rec­tor tasked with res­ur­rect­ing the Hal­loween fran­chise, chances are you’d work through most of Hol­ly­wood be­fore alight­ing on David Gor­don Green. He’s the in­die wun­derkind who these days os­cil­lates be­tween daft come­dies and im­pact­ful dra­mas. Hor­ror has been con­spic­u­ous by its ab­sence. But that’s with­out reck­on­ing on the num­ber Michael My­ers did on Green as a teenager. “I was a very sen­si­tive kid, and it got un­der my skin,” he ad­mits of John Car­pen­ter’s Hal­loween. “The re­lent­less­ness of it hor­ri­fied me.”

So, when Blum­house and Car­pen­ter in­vited pitches for a new in­stal­ment, Green and his long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Danny Mcbride leapt to the head of the queue with a take that would wipe out all pre­vi­ous se­quels and re-es­tab­lish My­ers as the daddy of movie slash­ers. “There’s no Freddy Krueger fun,” adds Green. “It’s lit­er­ally a face that gives you noth­ing, that says noth­ing, that comes from nowhere. It’s a dude with a knife in your house. That’s re­ally scary.”

All that re­mained, then, was to come up with a name for the movie. Sadly, David Gor­don Green’s John Car­pen­ter’s Hal­loween wasn’t con­sid­ered. “That would be re­ally good,” he laughs. “Hal­loween II: The Third was an­other one we sug­gested. In the end, out of sim­plic­ity, we said, ‘Let’s just call it Hal­loween.’” Sim­ple. To the point. Michael My­ers would ap­prove.

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