Monday, June 5, 2006
Rob Zombie has posted the following update:
“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.
But what I am doing is starting totally from from scratch. This the new HALLOWEEN. Call it a remake, an update, a reimaging or whatever, but one thing that for sure is this is a whole new start… a new begining 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.”
The following is from the official press release:
Dimension Films is proud to announce that they will make a new “Halloween” movie with Rob Zombie (“The Devil’s Rejects”, “House of 1000 Corpses” writing, directing and serving as a producer. Malek Akkad of Trancas International Films (“Halloween H20: 20 Years Later” will produce the feature along with Andy Gould of Vision Entertainment Group (“The Devil’s Rejects”, “House of 1000 Corpses”). Zombie will also serve as music supervisor on the film. Miramax Films will co-finance the development with Dimension Films. The announcement was made today by The Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein.
Zombie’s vision of this film is an entirely new take on the legend and will satisfy fans of the classic “Halloween” legacy while beginning a new chapter in the Michael Myers saga. This new movie will not only appeal to horror fans, but to a wider movie-going audience as well. It will not be a copycat of any prior films in the “Halloween” franchise. The film is set for an October 2007 theatrical release.
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.”
The “Halloween” story began with the 1978 release of “John Carpenter’s Halloween”, executive produced by the late Moustapha Akkad, founder of Trancas International Films and became the highest-grossing independent film of the time. Moustapha Akkad’s son, Malek, is now taking some of the reigns on this new “Halloween” project to continue the outstanding work begun by his father. Malek Akkad stated, “Trancas is very excited to be working with Rob Zombie and producing another ‘Halloween’ with Bob Weinstein and Dimension, the home of the franchise for the last three installments. It will be a fitting and worthy tribute to my late father.”
“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 longtime manager and producer of Zombie’s two previous films.