Just in time for Halloween, the folks over at Variety have dropped the news that Rob Zombie’s next horror film, 31, is expected to begin production this coming February.
The film is currently being presented at the American Film Market and will be produced by the Spectacle Entertainment Group, Protagonist Pictures and Bow + Arrow Entertainment.
After flirtation with a hockey film, writer-director Rob Zombie has decided on 31 as his follow-up to the underrated (in my opinion) 2012 horror film The Lords of Salem. A few months back, Zombie announced a crowdfunding campaign for 31 on the website FanBacked.com and apparently it was enough of a success that the film will be going into production in just a few months time.
31 tells the story of a group of carnival workers who are abducted on Halloween night and held hostage in a place called Murder World, where they are forced to play a game with the goal of surviving a 12 hour-stint amongst murderous clowns who want to kill them. Yeah, sounds like a Rob Zombie film to me.
Zombie himself was quoted in the Variety article, saying: “I love movies about Halloween, in fact my first film, House Of 1000 Corpses, is set on Halloween. In looking for a new angle I found that more people go missing and are never found this day than any other in the year. I thought that’s a good premise for a film. Add in the fact that everyone I know seems to really hate clowns and now you got a film and 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.”
While a release date has not yet been announced for the film, I’d say Halloween 2015 is a good bet.