Rob Zombie returning to direct Halloween sequel

Scene from the Rob Zombie film Halloween
Scene from the Rob Zombie film Halloween
I’ve been reading rumors about this for a for weeks, and it looks like it’s being confirmed by Dimension. Michael Myers will indeed be returning for another round of horror. The company will be bringing Rob Zombie back on board to direct a sequel to his Halloween remake.

Once again, Rob Zombie has been tapped to write and direct. Malek Akkad of Trancas International Films, who also produced 2007’s Halloween with Dimension, will produce the sequel, along with Andy Gould of Spectacle Entertainment, Zombie’s long time manager and producing partner. The announcement was made today by Bob Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company.

Dimension’s Halloween scored the highest Labor Day weekend opening ever with a record-breaking $30.6 million in its first four days of release and went on to gross nearly $60 million at the domestic box office in 2007.

Zombie’s H2 will pick up at the exact moment the first movie stopped and follow the aftermath of Michael Myers murderous rampage through the eyes of heroine Laurie Strode.

H2 will be Zombie’s fifth written and directed feature. Prior to the success of Halloween, Zombie released the critically-acclaimed film The Devil’s Rejects in 2005, the follow-up to his cult classic House of 1000 Corpses (2004). Zombie just wrapped production on his animated feature film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto due to be released in 2009.

Bob Weinstein stated: “Following the success of 2007’s Halloween, we are thrilled to be back in business with Rob Zombie, bringing a sequel to theatres. The fans have made it clear – and we agree – that they feel the franchise is in great hands with Rob Zombie.”

Rob Zombie said,

”I am very excited to be working with Bob Weinstein again and returning to the world of Halloween. The remake laid the groundwork, now it’s time to really take Michael Myers to the next level. I believe we’ve just barely scratched the surface of where we can take this series.“

John Carpenter’s Halloween launched the Halloween franchise in 1978 and Moustapha Akkad, founder of Trancas International Films, executive produced the original classic. Akkad’s son Malek has continued with the franchise, producing Halloween (2007), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) and now, H2.

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