'Halloween' Writers in Talks for Sequels After Killer Opening
Danny McBride -- yes, that Danny McBride -- was one of the writers and executive producers of the 2018 "Halloween." That movie just had a very successful opening, taking a lot of Hollywood by surprise.
As usual, that gets people thinking about more -- more movies, more money. The end of "Halloween" seemed to leave the door open for a sequel. But we'll have to wait and see where they go with it.
Deadline talked to McBride about how he got involved with "Halloween," which was co-written and directed by his old friend and frequent collaborator David Gordon Green ("Eastbound & Down," "Vice Principals").
Here's the sequel section of that talk:
Deadline: You make movies like this to launch or revive franchises. How far along are you on the inevitable sequel?
McBride: We definitely have ideas of what we would do. I think we did not allow ourselves to really indulge those ideas until the movie came out. We just wanted to put all our hopes and dreams in having this film stick the landing. But we do have thoughts and ideas of what we could possibly do. We hadn’t invested a ton of time on them, but now we’re being asked to figure it out. There are definitely talks on whether we will do more of them and we’re just trying to see what best makes sense.
So now that the film has been out for a week -- with a current domestic total of $90,892,300 heading into its second weekend -- the writers are "being asked to figure it out." How to keep this gravy train running with "more of them." Not just one potential sequel. "Them."
That's a good sign for McBride, since he recently told Moviefone he was hoping for a chance to return:
Moviefone: Would you be excited to come back and do another one?
McBride: Of course. It doesn’t get much more fun than this. We were making a movie in Charleston with our buddies based on a franchise that we love dearly and being able to take a swing in this universe and this idea that people respond to it … It’s everything you hope for when you get into this business.
McBride added to Deadline that he has a writers' room working now on the upcoming HBO series "The Righteous Gemstones," which will start production early next year, starring John Goodman, Adam Devine, Edie Patterson, and himself:
"We’re writing that right now and developing some other things. But the reaction to this has us thinking about more 'Halloween' as well."
The return of Jamie Lee Curtis, and 40-year anniversary of the first film, certainly helped the new "Halloween" at the box office. But you have to worry that the shine might start to wear off for the franchise -- again -- if they just head back into the cycle of more sequels. We'll see.
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