Halloween 2018

The director of Halloween explains why it took 80 drafts to get it right

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Jul 18, 2018

If it looks creepily familiar, there's a good reason for that — David Gordon Green really wants to recapture the spirit of the original Halloween movie, which came out 40 years ago this year. 

The director, who'd previously helmed comedies like Pineapple Express and Your Highness, has been working away in an editing booth, getting footage together to screen for attendees of San Diego Comic-Con this week. 

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Green spoke about the hurdles he's dealt with putting the movie together, including churning out 80 drafts of the script in roughly eight months.

"We started incorporating all the follow-ups and then it got overwhelming trying to engineer something that made sense. Some of the plot points became a little stretched thin as the franchise went on," explained Green, who said that it was his co-writer, Danny McBride (yes, that Danny McBride), who helped give the director a moment of clarity. 

"McBride came to me and just said, 'What’s the Michael Meyers movie that you really want to see?' Halloween I was, to me, the most pure and, in a lot of ways, the most simple. I get the real connection with the terror of a movie that isn't so lost in its own mythology."

With that, Green and company decided to ignore everything from Halloween 2 on, even getting the blessing of John Carpenter himself before doing so. "We kissed the ring of the Godfather and he gave us the thumbs up," said Green.

It was Carpenter's blessing, along with a little help from Jake Gyllenhall, that got Jamie Lee Curtis to reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode. "All of a sudden people started showing interest and so our opportunities started to expand even while we're shooting the film," Green said of Curtis' involvement.

Those opportunities meant Green was constantly reworking the script while filming to make the best use of everyone's talent. 

"Every Saturday was rewrites for Sunday rehearsals so that I could feed off of what we learned that week or for what an actor's idea might have been or a skill set that we didn't know we had in front of us. So we were writing up until the very last week of production."

Halloween is slated to hit theaters this October. We'll keep posted about the new footage when it shows up this week at San Diego Comic-Con.