Halloween director David Gordon Green has announced a new book that he co-wrote that offers an illustrated version of John Carpenter’s original classic 1978 horror film. The book is titled Legend of Halloween and it looks kinda… adorable?
Gordon Green co-wrote the novel alongside Onur Tukel, who also illustrated the book, which is currently for pre-order at LegendofHalloween.com. Malek Akkad and Ryan Freimann, producer and executive producer of the 2018 Halloween and upcoming sequels, oversaw the book project from Further Front Publishing.
The press release offers the following details:
“Originally premiered in the fall of 1978, Halloween inspired a generation of innovative horror films and a slew of franchise sequels and reboots. The Legend of Halloween follows the iconic villain Michael Myers as he wreaks havoc on his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night. Laurie Strode, originally portrayed by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, falls victim to the escaped killer, but manages to fight for her life and confront her new foe along the way. Through eerie rhymes and quirky illustrations emulating the unsettling nature of the classic horror journey, Green and Tukel craft a reimagined telling of the beloved source material for longtime fans and newcomers to the franchise.”
Gordon Green said in a statement:
“Joining this iconic franchise has been one of the most fulfilling artistic endeavors of my career. With this new chapter, we hope to share our own love for Halloween with a new generation of horror fanatics.”
Onur Tukel added:
“I saw the original Halloween when I was about nine years old and it scared the wits out of me. I’ve seen it about fifty times since then and it continues to be my favorite horror film. The mask, the music, the indelible characters, the monologues of pure evil – to me it’s cinematic perfection. Collaborating with David on a children’s book adaptation of Halloween has been demented and surreal, kind of like being simultaneously possessed by Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and the demon Pazuza.”
Malek Akkad went on to say:
“The Legend of Halloween is a fun take on what has now become one of the most iconic films in cinematic history, John Carpenter’s Halloween. The fans of these films have always been the driving force of the franchise, and I hope that they will appreciate this new book as much I do. It is fun for all generations of Halloween fans, young and old.”
The Legend of Halloween will arrive in 2021.