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‘Halloween’ Co-Writer Danny McBride on the New Sequel: ‘I Hope We Don’t Ruin Too Many Childhoods’

McBride spoke to IndieWire about the weight of fan expectations when reviving a beloved franchise.

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Danny McBride, “Halloween”

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The upcoming “Halloween” sequel contains several bold choices, starting with director David Gordon Green (best known as the director of “Pineapple Express”), who wrote the script with Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, both of whom worked with Green on HBO’s “Vice Principals.” The team retconned the series, ignoring everything that happened after the events of the original 1978 film. And McBride, who stars in the upcoming comedy “Arizona,” is a little nervous about the whole thing.

“In this day and age, Hollywood is tapping into so many beloved franchises that it seems like any time anything comes out there’s the contingency of people that are stoked, and the contingency of people that are fucking pissed off and saying you ruined their childhood somehow,” he said.

“I hope this thing tips more into the world of people liking it. I hope we don’t ruin too many childhoods. I think it will be interesting for people to see what David Green has pulled off as a director, going from things like ‘Stronger’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ and being able to segue into something that’s just straight, gritty horror. I’m always impressed with the different genre hats that David finds himself putting on, and I think people will be pleased with what he’s done here.”

“Halloween” will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and will open theatrically Oct. 19. Watch the trailer below:

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