Michael Myers slashing throats is no longer metal enough for Rob Zombie.
The musician turned filmmaker has signed on for his next project called The Lords of Salem — a horror flick (an original, not a remake!) brought together by the Paranormal Activity team of Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli. The thriller will take place in modern day Salem with current residents being haunted by 300-year-old witches (think about how many wrinkles those old ladies must have). There is no script yet, but Zombie plans to write it during his next tour.
On a side note, every horror story seems to originate in Salem. Note to self: if I want to live past 30, never ever go there.
The Lords of Salem originally came as an idea to Zombie several years ago, but he put it on hold to craft a remake of The Blob. However, after two remakes of classics (Halloween and Halloween II), he said that he couldn’t play the comparison game again.
“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,” he told Deadline. “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.”
Now that’s metal.