Zombie’s coming out for Halloween


More on Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” prequel

Earlier today, Bloody Disgusting received word that shock-rocker Rob Zombie will be helming the next “Halloween” movie. Thing is, it wasn’t clear what kind of “Halloween” movie this is – is it a sequel? Prequel? Anime? Remake? Spin-off featuring Busta Rhymes character from “Halloween Resurrection”? (god no!)

Zombie waxed lyrical on his http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=28735418 myspace blog about it all – and explains that its actually both a remake and a prequel, to the original Johnny Carpenter classic.

“Okay here’s the real deal for those of you who are confused. As I said yesterday – I am not making Halloween 9. That series is done, complete, over”, explains Zombie, who will write/produce/direct the film. “But what I am doing is starting totally from scratch. This the new Halloween. Call it a remake, an update, a reimagining or whatever, but one thing that for sure is this is a whole new start… a new beginning with no connection to the other series. That is exactly why the project appeals to me. I can take it and run with it. I talked to John Carpenter about this the other day and he said, “Go for it, Rob. Make it your own”. And that’s exactly what I intend to do”.

Originally, Dimension were going to do a straight-up “Halloween 9”. They had actually been trying to get that up for about three or more years – with every writer under the sun connected to it at one stage or another.

Most eminently, Jake Wade Wall (“When A Stranger Calls”) was linked to the project several times, turning in a version of the script that was titled “Halloween: The Missing Years”. In that version, we would’ve been treated to a look at Michael Myers’ life inside the Asylum – before Laurie Strode entered his life, before he got to swim that river, before Tyra Banks became ‘America’s Next Top Michael Murder’.

Another version of “Halloween 9”, called “Halloween: Asylum” by Matt Venne, would’ve seen Michael waiting to be executed, sitting out his days at the refuge.

In another version, “Halloween: Retribution”, Michael would be hell-bent on tracking down John, Laurie Strode’s son, assisted by a relative of the late Dr.Loomis. Even when the story was retooled, that title stuck. (The problem here was convincing Josh Hartnett to return – and understandably, he’s a little beyond “Halloween” now, ya’know?)

Bottom line: there just wasn’t enough to go on, and that’s obviously why Dimension has decided to finish the current series, and do a restart. Seems to be all the rage, anyway, so why not?

“Halloween 9” basically came about when Clive Barker and the Akkads couldn’t see eye-to-eye on a planned “Michael Vs. Pinhead” movie – combining the leads from “Halloween” and “Hellraiser” – so in some respects, it was simply the seemingly ‘last option’ if the series was to continue. Or, so they thought.

I know a lot of people put a lot of work into their respective scripts, treatments, development of a “H9” – but bottom line, would it have ever have done that well anyway? In some respects, we’re better off all taking the cheque, looking to the future, and holding out hope for the restart. With Rob Zombie on board, it’s sure to be interesting, at least.

Bob Weinstein stated, “Rob Zombie is a gifted musician and performer as well as a talented filmmaker. His vision for this new ‘Halloween’ is spectacular and I am thrilled to be collaborating with him and to work closely with Malek Akkad to continue the legacy built by his father, the late Moustapha Akkad.”

Zombie said, “I have been a huge, huge fan of John Carpenter’s original film since its release. So when Bob Weinstein approached me about this, I jumped at the chance to join forces with Dimension Films on this amazing project.”

“I am thrilled to be working again with Rob and with Dimension Films on such an iconic project that will reinvigorate ‘Halloween’ and Michael Myers in a truly terrifying new way,” stated Andy Gould, Rob Zombie’s long time manager and producer of Zombie’s two previous films.

“Halloween” will be released October 2007.