Mel Brooks not closing shop

Brooksfilms' next project is 'Pizzaman'

Mel Brooks isn't going anywhere.

The renowned funnyman said Friday that he's not shuttering his 30-year-old production shingle Brooksfilms, contrary to one New York gossip page report, and that he's developing a horror film with longtime writing collaborators Rudy De Luca and Steve Haberman.

"I'm not quitting," Brooks told The Hollywood Reporter. "Brooksfilms is still here and will be going on for a while. I'm not at all slowing down, and nobody has told me to stop."

The latest project, "Pizzaman," is a serious horror film that marks Brooksfilms' return to the genre. The company produced the successful "The Fly" and its not-so-successful "The Fly II."

Brooks said the project is in the script and rewrite stage and that he's hasn't shopped it to the studios yet.

De Luca's collaboration with Brooks goes back to 1976's "Silent Movie" and continued with "High Anxiety," "Life Stinks" and "Dracula: Dead and Loving It." Haberman worked with Brooks on the "Dracula" spoof as well as "Life Stinks."

Brooks formed Culver Studios-based Brooksfilms in 1980 when he became interested in producing the drama "The Elephant Man" and believed audiences would think the film was a comedy if it was labeled "A Mel Brooks Film."
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