The man that said he’d never remake a horror classic and reneged later said he’s never do a sequel. News flash – he’s turned around on that one, too. Because Rob Zombie is such an artist of conviction. Heh – okay, I’m not one for negativity so I’ll balance the preceding snarky comment with an admission – I’ve actually grown to enjoy RZ’s Halloween. Not as a Halloween film mind you, but the overall aspects of trying to put together a homage to the original classic. Now that he has got the origin tale and literal adaptation out of the way, I’m eager to see what he’ll do with H2, broken free of those earlier constraints. Will he serve up another trailer park bloodbath, or will the hairy director go jihad on expectations?
Dimension Films and Rob Zombie are teaming for another chapter of “Halloween,” and he’s racing to scare up the pic for release in October.
Zombie will write and direct “H2,” the sequel to his 2007 reinvention of the John Carpenter horror classic. Production will begin in March.
The new film picks up right as the first remake ended, following the aftermath of Michael Myers’ murderous rampage through the eyes of the sister he hunted.
Zombie said it won’t resemble the original second installment, as the “House of 1000 Corpses” helmer continues to take the franchise in different directions.
Zombie took Carpenter’s original and stamped it with an original storyline that treated Myers as a clinical psychopath. The film grossed $60 million domestically in 2007.
Zombie had told Dimension chief and TWC co-chairman Bob Weinstein he wanted nothing to do with a sequel. But just like the franchise’s villain, Zombie was compelled to come back.
“I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again,” Zombie said. “Now, we’ll be hauling ass, and that’s the problem making a movie called ‘Halloween’: If you come out Nov. 1 or after, nobody cares. If it was called anything else, I’d be fine.”
Malek Akkad of Trancas Intl. Films will produce with Spectacle Entertainment’s Andy Gould.
Source: Variety via the ever awesome OHMB.