Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' Gets Official Release Date
August 3, 2006
Dimension Films has set an October 19, 2007 release date for Rob Zombie's new version of the classic 1978 horror film "Halloween".

Zombie recently said that his movie won't be a sequel to the original film, but he left the details a little vague. Would the movie then be a prequel or a straight remake? Zombie told Launch that his "Halloween" will be a little bit of both. "I basically went back and just came up with the idea of basically not essentially a remake, but a very extended prequel sort of combined with an update, say, of the first film," he said. "You're starting from scratch but in sort of a more detailed way. That's the way I thought it would be exciting for fans of the original, because it's not just the same old thing, and it would be exciting for people that never saw the original."

The original "Halloween" was directed by John Carpenter and followed a masked murderer named Michael Myers who comes back to his hometown to begin a new killing spree decades after being committed to an asylum.

Zombie said that other characters from the original, in addition to Myers, would appear in his script, which is in its early stages.

Production on the film could begin later this year.

Zombie will begin a co-headlining trek with Godsmack on August 25 in Dallas.
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Anthrax Celebrates 25 Years
July 19, 2006
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site:

"25 years since Danny Lilker and I started this band.

"25 years. Who does anything for 25 years? And in band years, that's like a thousand years.

"In all seriousness, it's my proudest accomplishment. To still be doing this 25 years down the line at this level is a testament to the strength of the people that love this band.

"From everyone that's ever been in the band to anyone that's ever taken the time to listen, thank you. Someday I'll write the book and properly give everyone their due, until then raise a glass with me and recite my favorite toast:

"'Here's to us and those like us and all the rest are cunts.'"

Anthrax is currently supporting Rob Zombie on his "American Witch Across America" tour. The band's next appearance is scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, July 18 ) in Evansville, IN.
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Rob Zombie to Make 'Halloween' Movie After All
June 5, 2006
Rob Zombie has posted the following statement on his Myspace profile blog:

Sunday June 4th, 2006
'Okay here's the real deal for those of you who are confused. As I said yesterday - I am not making Halloween 9. That series is done, complete, over.

But what I am doing is starting totally from scratch. This the new HALLOWEEN. Call it a remake, an update, a reimaging or whatever, but one thing that for sure is this is a whole new start... a new begining with no connection to the other series. That is exactly why the project appeals to me. I can take it and run with it.

I talked to John Carpenter about this the other day and he said, "Go for it, Rob. Make it your own". And that's exactly what I intend to do.'
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Rob Zombie Shoots Down 'Halloween 9' Rumors
June 4, 2006
Rob Zombie has shot down rumors that he is in talks with Dimension Films about helming the ninth installment of the "Halloween" franchise. reported earlier in the week that Zombie was in line to possibly direct "Halloween 9", which was believed to be a prequel, set before the events of "Halloween 2: Halloween Resurrection", and focusing on the life of serial killer Michael Myers as a young man, before he was placed in a mental institution.

In a June 3, 2006 posting on his MySpace profile, Zombie wrote, "I don't know how this story all got started but I AM NOT MAKING 'HALLOWEEN 9'."
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Rob Zombie Rumored to Direct 'Halloween 9'
June 2, 2006
According to, Rob Zombie is rumored to be in talks with Dimension Films about helming the ninth installment of the "Halloween" franchise. It is unclear as to whether he's aiming to do the oft-rumored "lost years" prequel or an original chapter of his own.

World Entertainment News Network reported last month that plans to make "Halloween: The Missing Years" were shelved when producer Moustapha Akkad died in last year's terrorist attacks in Jordan, but writer Jake Wade Wall has confirmed to that the series is back on.

Wall told the site that the prequel will be set before the events of "Halloween 2: Halloween Resurrection", and will focus on the life of serial killer Michael Myers as a young man, before he was placed in a mental institution.

Wall said, "I've been hired three different times for it (the film)... It looks like it's finally set to go.

"I know that they're (studio executives) in the process of nailing down a really big director but I haven't been able to figure out who it is yet."
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