And so begins my week-long PAID vacation. I meant to sleep…however I owe an exorbitant amount of moolah at work so I’ll be dropping off a payment at work today (boss lady said I had to pay *her*). I was afraid I’d sleep too late, as her time leaving work varies sometimes.
I’m sort of mega pissed. I was all excited to see Underworld: Evolution and Firewall via Netflix. Yet they decided to let me know Saturday they’d be shipping Bad Dreams and the Maria Bello horror film The Dark (from Ginger Snaps director John Fawcett). I mean, I wanted to see these films, no doubt about it. Yet it irked me. Plus, I was checking out scheduling on TiVo when lo and behold…guess what’s on one of the HBO channels in about a week or so? Bad Dreams! Oh well. I still have the film Yes and I’ll probably drop that at the post office later today.
And in potentially incredible news, [adult swim] dropped what may be a big bombshell late last night…
Last night during [adult swim] several bumps showed a black screen, then a blurry phrase that slowly came into focus as…
Then hula-sounding music and sounds of nature could be heard., followed by the words…
COMING JULY 10TH
To the discerning ear, one could immediately recognize the beginning of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse.
Could the gang at Williams Street be joking? Or does this signal the return of one of the best shows ever created to television? It’s been so long since I’ve seen the show so it’d be cool to revisit it again.
And hell, if Family Guy and Futurama can return, I’d love to see Paul Reubens have a career resurgence once the show starts airing again.
Then again only time will tell. I know I’ll be waiting with baited breath.
I plan to do the aforementioned things then come home and sleep, sleep, sleep. Then I’ll get up, clean my room, eat, and watch Mr. Smith Goes To Washington which I TiVoed off of Turner Classic Movies yesterday.
More awesomely excellent news follows…
DIMENSION FILMS TO MAKE NEW HALLOWEEN FILM;
AUTEUR FILMMAKER ROB ZOMBIE TO WRITE AND DIRECT
Trancas International Films to Produce
Along With Rob Zombie and Andy Gould
NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 4, 2006) Dimension Films is proud to announce that they will make a new Halloween movie with Rob Zombie (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses) writing, directing and serving as a producer. Malek Akkad of Trancas International Films (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later) will produce the feature along with Andy Gould of Vision Entertainment Group (The Devil’s Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses). Zombie will also serve as music supervisor on the film. Miramax Films will co-finance the development with Dimension Films. The announcement was made today by The Weinstein Company co-chairman, Bob Weinstein.
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 new movie will not only appeal to horror fans, but to a wider movie-going audience as well. It will not be a copycat of any prior films in the Halloween franchise. The film is set for an October 2007 theatrical release.
Bob Weinstein stated, “Rob Zombie is a gifted musician and performer as well as a talented filmmaker. His vision for this new Halloween is spectacular and I am thrilled to be collaborating with him and to work closely with Malek Akkad to continue the legacy built by his father, the late Moustapha Akkad.”
Zombie said, “I have been a huge, huge fan of John Carpenter’s original film since its release. So when Bob Weinstein approached me about this, I jumped at the chance to join forces with Dimension Films on this amazing project.”
The Halloween story began with the 1978 release of John Carpenter’s Halloween executive produced by the late Moustapha Akkad, founder of Trancas International Films and became the highest grossing independent film of the time. Moustapha Akkad’s son, Malek, is now taking some of the reigns on this new Halloween project to continue the outstanding work begun by his father. Malek Akkad stated, “Trancas is very excited to be working with Rob Zombie and producing another Halloween with Bob Weinstein and Dimension, the home of the franchise for the last three installments. It will be a fitting and worthy tribute to my late father.”
“I am thrilled to be working again with Rob and with Dimension Films on such an iconic project that will reinvigorate Halloween and Michael Myers in a truly terrifying new way,” stated Andy Gould, Rob Zombie’s long time manager and producer of Zombie’s two previous films.
Richard Saperstein, president of production, Matthew Stein, senior vice president of production and Alex Franklin, director of development and production will oversee the project on behalf of Dimension. Bret McCartney of Trancas International will oversee production on behalf of Trancas.
Andrew Kramer, executive vice president of business and legal affairs, and Lumumba Mosquera, senior vice president of business and legal affairs, negotiated on behalf of Dimension Films. Attorneys David Fox and Jeffrey Light of Myman Abell Fineman Greenspan & Light negotiated on behalf of Rob Zombie. Attorney Wayne Kazan of Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman & Silverman negotiated on behalf of Akkad. Rob Zombie is represented by Paradigm.
ABOUT ROB ZOMBIE
An auteur filmmaker and music artist with shrewd insight and creative vision, Rob Zombie challenges audiences as he stretches the boundaries of film, music and publishing.
Zombie is the longest active artist on Geffen Records and has sold in excess of fifteen million records. He is currently on a sold-out nationwide tour for his latest gold-selling album, “Educated Horses.” which debuted at number five on the Billboard Top 200.
In 2000, Zombie jumped from music to film with his directorial debut and cult smash hit, House of 1000 Corpses. Due to the film success Zombie returned in 2004 to helm its follow up the critically acclaimed, The Devil’s Rejects. Zombie was hailed by critics and fans alike as a visionary filmmaker due to the film’s uncompromising and wildly inventive exploitive throw-back style.
Prior to House of 1000 Corpses, Zombie directed dozens of high profile music videos. In 1995 Zombie won an MTV Music Video Award for “More Human Than Human,” becoming the first self-directed artist to win such an award.
Let me just say that I’m really excited about this. Zombie’s first film wasn’t great but he knocked it out of the park with The Devil’s Rejects. Now if he can return The Shape to his quiet, brooding evil stalking self and return the Halloween franchise to a respectable place that marries suspense and terror to create a truly great horror film, it’ll be really cool.