ZOMBIE FILM – DEAD OR UNDEAD?

The "visceral tone" of the charmingly titled 'House Of 1000 Corpses', most of whom probably look like Rob Zombie, is at odds with Universal's policy...

ROB ZOMBIE has parted company with UNIVERSAL PICTURES, after they declared his debut film ‘HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES’ “at odds with our motion picture-releasing strategy”.

Zombie has been working on ‘House Of 1000 Corpses’ with the assistance of Universal since May. It was anticipated the film would be released this summer, through Universal.

However, in a statement on his official website [url=]www.robzombie.com, Zombie revealed he has come to a “mutual agreement” with the movie giant to end their partnership on the film.

Stacey Snider, chairman of Universal Pictures, cites a “visceral tone and intensity that we did not imagine from the printed page” as one of the reasons for the move.

The statement read: “We made a commitment to Rob to allow him full creative control over ‘House Of 1000 Corpses’. We were familiar with his prior work and find him immensely talented and versatile. The resulting film is a significant accomplishment for Rob, yet there is a visceral tone and intensity that we did not imagine from the printed page…

“We anticipate an NC-17 rating for the picture, which would unfortunately be at odds with our motion picture-releasing strategy.”

Rob Zombie added: “I enjoyed working with Stacey and everyone at the studio. They were very supportive and allowed me to execute my complete vision and control over the film… Stacey and I sat down and talked and decided that the best move was for me to get the movie back and find a new home for it.”

Zombie will now be free to look for another distributor for the project, and will also continue to work on his forthcoming studio album, the follow-up to his ’98 record ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’.