How the New Halloween Film Will Fit Into the Franchise

Following the surprise announcement on Friday that a new "Halloween" film is targeted for release in 2018, the first details have surfaced for the new installment of the horror franchise, courtesy of co-writer Danny McBride.

"You know, it's not a remake," he clarified to CinemaBlend. "It's actually, it's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there."

That will undoubtedly be music to the ears of the franchise faithful, many of whom weren't pleased with recent attempt to revive the classic horror franchise. The this effort, by McBride and David Gordon Green, isn't a simple retelling of John Carpenter's 1978 original, or a story set in the far-flung future, should excite those awaiting Michael Meyers' return to the screen.

Although the duo is better known for its comedy work, McBride promises the film will stick true to the scares of the original. “Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror," he assured. "'Halloween' has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that.”

McBride wouldn’t say whether their film will erase any others from “Halloween” continuity, but the universe is known for not having the most straightforward timeline anyway. Knowing that the first two “Halloween” films take place on Halloween night, it will be interesting to see whether the new installment follows in those footsteps or branches out in some other way.

The new "Halloween" is targeted for release on Oct. 18, 2018.

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