AFM: Rob Zombie Moving Forward With Halloween Horror Film '31'

'When Things Are Weird'
<p>Zombie even received <strong>John Carpenter</strong>&#39;s blessing to remake <em>Halloween</em> for Dimension in 2007, and it became the franchise&#39;s highest-earning installment, bringing in $80.3 million worldwide. For his most recent feature, 2012&#39;s wickedly witchy <em>The Lords of Salem</em>, he returned to low-budget filmmaking (and partnered with producer <strong>Jason Blum</strong>) in order to make a &quot;weirder, artsier film. When things are weird, you can do whatever,&quot; says Zombie. &quot;I don&#39;t like feeling like I always have to deliver something just like this.&quot;</p>   |   Wesley Mann
The director completed a 90-day crowdfunding campaign to help finance the project, which is the start of a planned franchise

There is perhaps no better day for horror genre director Rob Zombie to announce that he's moving forward on his next project than today, Halloween.

Fittingly, his next film, 31, will be set on the spooky holiday. Zombie says he was inspired to make a film set during Halloween after he heard that, statistically, more people go missing and are never found on this day than any other.

"I thought that’s a good premise for a film," said Zombie. "Add in the fact that everyone I know seems to really hate clowns and now you got a film."

Zombie, known for directing films The Lords of Salem, Devil's Reject, the 2007 remake of Halloween and House of 1000 Corpses, plans for 31 to be the first film in a new franchise. The project follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a compound known as Murder World. They'll try to survive a terrifying game called "31" in which murderous maniacs dressed as clowns are released to hunt them down and kill them.

The musician-actor just completed a 90-day crowdfunding campaign to help finance the project. Zombie is planning to begin production in February 2015.

Zombie, Spectacle Entertainment Group, with Bow + Arrow Entertainment and Protagonist Pictures are producing. Bow + Arrow and Protagonist are co-financing and Protagonist is introducing to the international marketplace at AFM. UTA Independent Film Group packaged the film and reps North American rights.
Producers are Rob Zombie, Andy Gould of Spectacle, Eddie Vaisman of Protagonist and Michael Sherman and Matthew Perniciaro of Bow + Arrow.

"Without the fans raising funds and helping to build buzz, a crazy film like this would have been almost impossible to get off the ground. I owe the fans big time on this one," added Zombie, who is repped by UTA, manager Gould and attorney David Fox.