Zombie’s Flick Axed By Studio
‘House…’, which has already cost Universal $7 million was blasted for it’s “visceral tone and intensity” by the company’s chairman Stacey Snider, which is quite surprising really seeing as the studio’s most recent box office smash has been ‘Silence Of the Lambs’ sequel ‘Hannibal’.
In an official statement, Snider said: ‘The difference is all about tone. The conceit of Rob’s movie, which has no recognisable stars, is that it’s not a fantasy. It could be real, and that’s what makes it more upsetting. I can tell ‘Hannibal’ is a fantasy because when I watch Tony Hopkins or Ray Liotta, I know I’m going to see them in People magazine next week. But with Rob’s movie, I was concerned that there was just an uber-celebration of depravity.”
Speaking from an undisclosed recording studio in LA where he is working on the follow up to 1998′s triple-platinum ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’, Zombie responded: “I should have been shocked, but I wasn’t. It always seemed like a weird choice of movie for Universal Studios. Everyone in the movie was like, ‘It’s just so bizarre that they are making this movie. It’s so fucked-up and out there for them.’ And I guess it was.”
Zombie has obtained the rights for the movie, and is showing the film to potential distributors.
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