In this interview conducted for Flicks, I speak to one of my favourite directors (All The Real Girls, Undertow, Pineapple Express) about his and Danny McBride’s new contribution to the iconic Halloween franchise.
David Gordon Green has always demonstrated considerable directorial dexterity, equally comfortable behind the camera on heartfelt indies (All The Real Girls, Undertow, Joe), low-brow comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) and studio dramas (Stronger, Our Brand Is Crisis), not to mention some groundbreaking TV shows (Eastbound & Down, Vice Principals).
Nevertheless, the news that he’d be making a new Jamie Lee Curtis-starring entry in the Halloween series, and writing it with his longtime collaborator Danny McBride, was met with some degree of surprise. No doubt, just surprise. A thoughtful and organic filmmaker no matter what the genre, Green can always be relied upon to do something interesting.
When word emerged that the film would ignore every other film in the narratively-messy franchise (which now includes Rob Zombie’s 2007 reboot and its 2009 sequel), and that John Carpenter himself was onboard as Executive Producer and composer (alongside son Cody), it became clear that this new Halloween was coming from a very reverent place.