Goodbye, French guys Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, because Rob Zombie is coming back to helm the sequel to “Halloween”, his reboot of the John Carpenter franchise. Kinda sucks to be Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo right now, but that’s what you get trying to step into the shoes of the great and mighty Rob Zombie. Okay, so great and mighty may be a tad much, more like moderately talented and somewhat interesting Rob Zombie. So, the big news in horror circles is that Zombie, who once declined to direct the sequel, has changed his mind, and Dimension Films was more than happy to welcome him back into the fold and kick those French guys out the door. Sucks to be them.
Says the Zomeister about coming back (via Variety):
“I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again,” Zombie said. “Now, we’ll be hauling ass, and that’s the problem making a movie called ‘Halloween’: If you come out Nov. 1 or after, nobody cares. If it was called anything else, I’d be fine.”
Oh, you wacky kids and your Halloween movies on Halloween.
Dimension Films even has the marketing campaign for the “Halloween” sequel all ready. The title is being shortened to the too-cool-for-school “H2” and there’s a teaser poster already up at Variety.
It’s kinda small, but that’s Variety for ya, absolutely no regard for the fan geeks that enjoy their movie posters in decent size. Have no fear, Dimension Films has provided what Variety did not.
They also add about the sequel:
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.
Presumably this means Scout Taylor-Compton will return as Laurie, with Tyler Mane as Myers.