Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake didn’t get a lot of love from critics or general moviegoers, but it made enough money that Dimension Films started seeing it as a potential reboot to the series. We first heard about the possibility of a sequel back in the summer, and at the time it sounded like Rob Zombie would not be involved. This seemed to make sense, after all, Zombie had taken so much criticism from the first one that he probably just wanted to get back to doing his own movies (like this mysterious Tyrannosaurus Rex project he’s been talking about, for example). But now this week we have confirmation that Zombie will still be involved in the next Halloween, confirming rumours that started circulating a couple of weeks ago.
According to Variety, Zombie has signed on to write and direct H2, a sequel that will pick up immediately where the first film left off. It will have nothing to do with John Carpenter’s own Halloween II (which was actually directed by Rick Rosenthal). So what was it that made Zombie decide to come back? Apparently he just needed some good ol’ R&R.
“I was so burned out. (But) I took a long break, made a record and I got excited again… 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.”
Well I guess this means that Tyrannosaurus Rex is going to be put on hold, which sucks. I’m not big on Rob Zombie as a director, but that at least sounded intriguing. He may have free reign over the Halloween franchise at this point, but I don’t know what else he can bring to the series other than more grisly kills and white trash sensibility. Is anyone out there looking forward to a Rob Zombie Halloween sequel… particularly one that’s called H2?