Thursday, September 23, 2010

Movie News: Rob Zombie movie announcement and he drops "The Blob"

Finally, the Rob Zombie movie announcement.  RZ is teaming up with Haunted Films (of Paranormal Activity fame) to bring us The Lords of Salem. 

Deadline New York has the (very) short sypnosis:

"The thriller is set in contemporary Salem, where the inhabitants receive a demonic visit from a 300-year old coven of witches."

Apparently Rob has been thinking about this idea for a few years, but he picked it up again after he decided to step away from the remake of The Blob.  Wait, he's stepping away from the remake of The Blob?  Thank God.  I love ya, Rob, but that was a dumb idea if I've ever heard one.  His rationalization?

"I wanted to break away from anything related to preexisting material,” he said. “The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn't go through that again.”

Well, that's good news.  Now back to Lords of Salem.  RZ will be working on the script while on his upcoming tour, and will start shooting next year.  Apparently the production company has given him total control over script and casting, which we all know could be a bittersweet thing.  He could assemble an awesome cast a la Rejects or forced a lot of things that don't belong (ahem*ghost Myers family*ahem) like Halloween 2.

I'm not a huge fan of supernatural/haunting movies, but I'm going to try to keep a positive outlook for this one.  This is original Zombie material, which has succeeded wonderfully in the past.  Pictured above is the very first artwork from the movie, which is obviously very vague as a script has not even been written yet.


Aaron said...

I'm glad to see him breaking away from remakes (especially THE BLOB... WTF) to do something original. I'd really like to see him just do a straight horror movie without his usual troupe of actors (Moseley, Haig, Ken Foree, his wife, etc.) but still keep his sense of style in tact.

The Scream Queen said...

Agreed completely. I love those guys, but at this point it feels like he's just forcing them into roles just to get them into his movies.