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Zombie 'to resurrect Halloween'
Rob Zombie
The former White Zombie frontman is a fan of the original film
Film-maker Rob Zombie is to write and direct a new film in the Halloween series, says the Hollywood Reporter.

Zombie, also a rock singer, told the trade paper that the movie will take "a totally different approach to make [Halloween] scary again".

"The look and the feel is going to be completely different," he said.

John Carpenter directed the 1978 original, about masked killer Michael Myers. Zombie has made House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects.

Halloween, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis as a babysitter terrorised by psychopath Myers, made over $60m (31.3m) worldwide - a record for independent film at that time.

Sequels ignored

Zombie said that he sought Carpenter's blessing to make the new film.

"He was very supportive, which I thought was very important," said Zombie.

"I feel like Halloween is his baby, and I wanted to be very respectful."

The new film will disregard the numerous sequels that followed Halloween.

"Halloween started off as a very terrifying concept, a terrifying movie. But over the years, Michael Myers has become a friendly Halloween mask," Zombie said.

"But I think the story and the situation is scary. All it needed was someone to come in and to take a totally different approach to make it scary again."

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