Danny McBride explains how his new Halloween film will connect to the original

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May 2, 2017, 11:36 AM EDT (Updated)

Last week we learned that a new Halloween film is on track for a 2018 release with the surprising creative team of David Gordon Green and Danny McBride at the helm. The duo has the enthusiastic support of the franchise's co-creator, John Carpenter, but aside from those names and a release date, we really didn't hear anything else about the flim. Now, McBride is shedding a little light on his intentions.

Speaking with Cinemablend, McBride specified that the film will not be a remake or reboot but instead will follow the events of Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981) in some way.

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

The first two Halloween films take place on the same night, and by the end Michael is presumed dead and it's revealed that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is actually his sister, given up for adoption by his parents. Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) is a different story altogether, while Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) kills Laurie off screen and follows Michael's pursuit of her daughter, a story that continues through Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) and Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).

Then there's Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), which more or less pretends that Halloween 4, 5 and 6 didn't happen and restores Laurie to the franchise (she faked her death) as Michael tracks her down once again. Halloween: Resurrection (2002) kills off Laurie and sees Michael return to his home in Haddonfield where it all began, only to be presumably killed once again. Rob Zombie put his own spin on the legend in Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009), and that brings us to today.

So, we know McBride and Green are carrying on the story as established by the first film, but we don't know where they intend to pick up that story. Next year is the 40th anniversary of the franchise ... does that mean they'll try to talk Jamie Lee Curtis into reprising her role and bring back Laurie Strode, who would be in her late 50s if the film was set in the present day? Will they recast a younger Laurie and set the film in the '70s? Will the film ignore all of the other installments and simply carry on with the story as though they never happened? Wherever the story picks up, McBride says the tone will be pure horror.

"Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. Halloween has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a simplicity and an efficiency to the 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."

The new Halloween film opens on Oct. 19, 2018.