I don't know what the new Halloween official title is going to be, but it is a re-imagining of sorts that starts all over from scratch. Rob Zombie is directing and since he is a huge fan of the genre I suspect Rob will do the franchise justice. He's got to do better than anything that was made after the fifth sequel. I just can't fathom how it can get worse, especially with such a competent director at the helm.
That was a good interview but I don't honestly know what to think. Part of the mystique was exactly that. He was scarier because you knew so little. Pleasance can't be replaced - he's iconic. We'll see - I guess I'm curious but by the same token - I think this may brand Zombie's "brand' of horror. Lots of times more isn't always better.
You have to admit, if anyone has a half way decent chance of pulling this off other than Carpenter himself, then it's Zombie. Rob isn't the type that's going to go into this thinking more about the bucks he's going to be making as opposed to the end product itself. He has a reputation to uphold. This can't be easy taking such an iconic Horror figure as Michael Myers and an almost sacred movie as Halloween and "re-imagining" it as opposed to "re-making" it scene by scene and popping out an inferior piece of ****. In my opinion if they want to remake a film the they need to do all the ones that were crap to begin with: ALL OF THEM! Leave the ones that are superior products alone. They can remake Texas Chainsaw Massacre all they want until they get it right. So far they're batting a thousand. Not a one of the renderings have been worth wasting time or money on watching.
Sin I agree if anyone has a shot in hell of making this "reimagining" work, it's Rob.
However, I'd ask if it's really needed? Is anyone asking for the original to be "reimagined" for a contemporary audience? I suppose it's better than another crappy sequel, but I just wonder why Halloween needs to be redone at all.
While I am almost entirely against redux of any kind where it comes to near flawless films, I cannot help but be curious as to what Zombie has up his sleeeve for this one. John Carpenter gave his blessing and though that may not excuse such an endeavour, it's a far sight better than the estate of the late Moustapha Akkaad, whom I think dragged the whole franchise in the muck, giving the greenlight. I'm not sure what your thoughts are on the 2004 Dawn of the Dead, but I think Zack Snyder made a superior product than Romero's and I LOVE that film. There's no reason I can't give Zombie the same benefit of the doubt here. I really don't think it's necessary to do such a film, but I won't balk at it either. Now if it had been Uwe Boll making it...
**Da Weiner just sits and shakes her head in disbelief** I believe that Rob Zombie could pull it off. He is detailed oriented with his films and also is not afraid to take it to the next level, however, it just blows my mind that with all the technology and money that goes into a remake, why can't we just make horror films without going back to what has just be done. Just when I think they might leave the classics alone and actually think of a creative storyline for a new movie, they just go back and mess with them and just add a few scare factors and bring it up to date with some newer technology and they are happy with themselves. The directors and producers feel they have accomplished something.
Dimension Films has informed us that Rob Zombie's Halloween will now hit theaters August 31, 2007, a month and a half earlier than the original October 19 date! We've also learned that the script is completed and scouting is underway, more details as soon as they come in. Rob Zombie will also produce off of his own screenplay, which is sure to be one hell of a fun ride. Sheri Moon Zombie is the only confirmed cast member. 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 is a bit of a prequel and a remake, combined," says Zombie.
UNTITLED ROB ZOMBIE HALLOWEEN PROJECT
Start Date: Approximately January 29, 2007
STORY LINE: After being committed for 17 years, Michael Myers, now a grown man and still very dangerous, is mistakenly released from the mental institution (where he was committed as a 10 year old) and he immediately returns to Haddonfield, where he wants to find his baby sister, Laurie. Anyone who crosses his path is in mortal danger.
[MICHAEL MYERS (10 YEARS OLD)] Caucasian, 8-12 years old, to play 10. Stringy haired, awkward kid, you get a sense that something is off just by looking at him. He has a very unstable mental state. He enjoys torturing/killing animals and then people. He hates his teenage sister, his stripper mother, and her abusive boyfriend Ronnie. He is, however, protective and very attached to his baby sister, who he calls Boo. This is very disturbing material that we need a very capable young actor for.
[LAURIE STRODE] Emancipated or legal 18 to play 17, Caucasian female. Pretty in an unassuming, natural way, this is Michael Meyer's baby sister. She is a normal, real, smart good girl, who is very responsible and caring. The second Michael sees her, he knows. Once he finds her, he will not let go, and Laurie has a strange feeling all day that someone is watching her...An actress who is riveting to watch.
[ANNIE BRACKETT] Emancipated or legal 18 to play 18, Caucasian, female. PARTIAL NUDITY REQUIRED FOR THIS ROLE. She is LAURIE'S best friend, cute, and curly-haired, full of teen enthusiasm and charm. Borderline bad girl (she rebels, but in a sweet way).
[LYNDA] Emancipated or legal 18 to play 18, Caucasian, female. FULL NUDITY WILL BE REQUIRED for this role. She looks like the hot cheerleader type, but has a bad attitude to go with it. She is the girl that convinced you to smoke cigarettes, smoke weed, steal your parents' car and taught you how to French kiss by making out with your older brother. She is all about opportunity.
[TOMMY DOYLE] 7-12 to play 8 years old, any ethnicity, a cute little boy who talks too much and whose babysitter is LAURIE. He is a mop top of a boy who asks lots of questions, and is filled with fear on Halloween. He believes in the boogey man and the wolf man, and sees Michael Meyers before anyone else does.
[JUDITH MYERS] Emancipated or legal 18 to play 16 years old, Caucasian, female. FULL NUDITY REQUIRED FOR THIS ROLE. A celebration of the Trailer trash slut. She dresses inappropriately for her age, and uses her sexuality for mass effect. She flirts with Ronnie even though he is her mom's boyfriend. She and Michael are not close, they fight a lot and she walks in on him while he is masturbating to his photo album of past pet kills. Her response? She calls him a pervert. In no way will this girl ever be a model citizen.
[WESLEY RHOADES] 14-16 years old to play 14, School-bully #1, ugly, acne-scarred. Teases Michael about his mom's profession.
[SHANE WILLIAMS] 14-16 years old, WESLEY'S sidekick, overweight, red headed. Also a bully. He tells Michael that he'd like to get physical with his mom, Deborah. He is Wesley's yes man.
[LOU MARTINI] 51 years old, large sloth of a man, bartender at the strip joint. Cares about business, and is not concerned with Deborah's troubled personal life.
[PRINCIPAL ERICS] 47 years old, thin, nervous, stiff guy who stutters when nervous. He's the Principal at Michael's school. Michael frightens him.
[ASST. PRINCIPAL JANSEN] 45 years old, attractive, older woman. School administrator.
[STEVE] 16 years old, big mess of curly hair, "string-bean" body. JUDITH'S boyfriend. He has sex with JUDITH and then brags about it. He is a life like skinny stoner character.
[FEMALE NEWS REPORTER #1] Describes the murders taking place. Real television reporting experience a plus.
[REPORTER #2] Describes the murders taking place. Real television reporting experience a plus.
[MARIA SANTOS] 34 years old, REPORTER
[MORGAN WALKER] 54 years old. Sanitarium's Head of Operations. Rail-thin man in a dark gray suit. He is responsible for MICHAEL'S escape. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A STRONG CAMEO APPEARANCE HERE - STAR NAMES ONLY
[DR. KOPLENSON] 45 years old, head physician at Sanitarium, large bearded man with a bandaged eye, recommends minimum security for MICHAEL MEYERS. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A STRONG CAMEO APPEARANCE HERE - STAR NAMES ONLY
[COUNCILMAN EDWARDS ] 52 years old. "Puffy" man with a bad comb over; WE ARE LOOKING FOR A STRONG CAMEO APPEARANCE HERE - STAR NAMES ONLY
[ELLEN LOOMIS] 55 years old, attractive silver-haired woman. The bedrock of the Loomis household. She is the ideal wife, caring supportive, terrifically worried about her husband's borderline obsession with his most famous patient. She is long suffering and a woman who the audience will need to connect with.
[LISA GREY] 50 years old, EILEEN'S best friend. She comes over for dinner more often than not, and often brings the wine she likes to drink. Thank god Eileen has Lisa to lean on!
[LUKE GREY] 56 years old, Older DR. LOOMIS' friend and Lisa's husband, distinguished looking professor type.
[KENDALL JACKS] Attendant at the Sanitarium, NOEL KLUGGS' trouble making buddy, and rapist. He is in excellent physical shape - he can handle the rowdy patient. He is one half of a terrifying team - no one wants these two attending their sick family members.
[KAREN MERCY] 27 years old, cute, severely mentally disabled, at sanitarium.
[EARL HICKS] 35 years old, graveyard-shift security guard at sanitarium.
[BILL JUDGE] 30s-50s, another security guard.
[BIG JOE GRIZZLY] 45 years old, large mountain-man. His size gives him a natural confidence, and he does not scare easily. He is a trucker dressed in dirty coveralls.
[MASON STRODE] 51 years old, handsome man with graying hair. LAURIE'S dad. He hates corporate America. He is concerned with his daughter's safety, is a great guy, and seems to be the father figure that would survive any horror film.
[CYNTHIA STRODE] 45 years old, attractive woman with classic bone structure. MASON'S wife. LAURIE'S mom. Should look like a corn fed Midwestern all American mom, not pulled too tight.
[DEREK ALLEN] 55 years old, unshaven country type, dressed in hunting gear, works at a Gun Store (WEAPONS GALORE!) WE ARE LOOKING FOR A STRONG CAMEO APPEARANCE HERE - THE GREAT AMERICAN CHARACTER ACTOR WHO LOVES A GOOD SPOTLIGHT SCENE.
[GRANT CLARK] 54 years old, cemetery grounds-keeper. He has worked at this cemetery all of his adult life. Takes pride in his work.
[PAUL] 18-19, probably held back a year, as he is ANNIE'S Boyfriend (Annie likes older guys, even if they are stupid). He is a stringy or shaggy haired bony faced teenager. He smokes, but they are probably menthols. A dude.
[BARBARA FLORENTINE] 52 years old, head of Haddonfield Adoption Agency. A real 'Stick to the Rules' type. Character actors welcome.
[LIEUTENANT CHARLES] A police officer who is there throughout the film, as a man devoted to his job and his community.
[STAN CAMPBELL] 60 years old, the county coroner. One line - has had this job for years.
[MR. DOYLE] TOMMY'S Dad. One scene. Caucasian, middle-aged. A parent type.
[MRS. DOYLE] TOMMY'S Mom. One scene. Caucasian, middle-aged. A parent type.
[AARON KRAMER] 53 years old, nervous looking file clerk, on parole, a drug user. Says "um" a lot, works for BARBARA. GREAT FUN CAMEO FOR A BELOVED CHARACTER ACTOR OF NOTE.
[LINDSAY WALLACE] 9 years old, any ethnicity, the young girl that ANNIE baby-sits. She ignores ANNIE and is enthralled with the TV. She is very smart, probably smarter than Annie. This is a role that requires a lot of scene specific smart acting choices.
[BOB SIMMS] 17 years old, tall, long haired stoner-type. He is Lynda's boyfriend, and likes to guzzle beer.
[OFFICER LOWERY] 34 years old, he responds to LAURIE'S 911 call.
1 - Why cameos? So there is an excuse to hire Sid Haig?
2 - Why full nudity? So Sherri Zombie will get a part?
3 - Why on earth would any demented killer jerk off to small animal kills?
4 - Why on earth would they require full nudity from a character playing a 16 year old?
Something wreaks of pubescent fantasy land here. Or else shock value for the sake of shock value. No real thinker here.
How freakin cliche and stupid can this film get? I had hope, I read this and just give up. Jeez.