UPDATE: Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ a Prequel/Remake…

Official word from Zombie inside: Earlier this morning (here) we scored an exclusive first look at the press release announcing shock-rocker Rob Zombie (Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses) to write, direct and produce the next Halloween film. The details were very vague and still left us with many questions such as… is this a sequel, prequel or a remake? The press release only specified that it would be in theaters October of 2007, along with a little blurb stating that integrity would be kept in Dimension’s franchise. Now that word is out on the street, reports are coming in with more details, which can be found inside…
Rob Zombie writes on his official blog:

“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 reimagining 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.

Any questions? Go ahead and ask’em.”

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Now here’s some more news from Variety:

This is a bit of a prequel and a remake, combine,” Zombie tells Variety.

Over 25 years and a lot of movies, a very scary character became something of a Halloween cliche, with Michael Myers dolls that play the Halloween music when you press their stomachs. By the end of the sequel cycle, there was little connection to the original. I take that film very seriously, and I want to make it terrifying again.

Before signing on, Zombie said he sought out Carpenter, who has had several of his films remade.

The original ‘Halloween’ is hallowed ground to me, and I talked to him about it and he was very supportive of what I wanted to do,” Zombie said.

Watch for more news as it comes in…

Source: Variety, Rob Zombie