Recorded just an hour ago, we've got the entire Halloween panel from today's Dimension Films presentation. Rob Zombie, Sheri Moon Zombie, Tyler Mane and Scout Taylor Compton were all in attendance talking about the film.
Halloween Panel at Comic-con 2007
Here are some of the highlights of what Zombie and Co. had to say about what has to be one of the most highly anticipated horror movies of the year.
After introducing the cast and what roles they play in the film, the Halloween team fielded questions from the audience.
How beholden were you to the John Carpenter original? How much was your own vision?
Rob Zombie: My basic plan was to try and retain things that I thought were classic elements and make it different. Our goal was to make it fresh and new and different.
How did you get permission to do this movie without Jamie Lee Curtis being involved?
Rob Zombie: I don't know. There's always a lot of talk about who owns what but I think it's probably false.
Are you going to answer more questions about Michael Myers in your version of Halloween?
Rob Zombie: Well, no, not really. That would be a mythology created by the other movies. We approached it as if it was real. Once something is impervious to everything it's like then what?
Is there any chance that you'll write some screenplays that could be made while you're touring? So that we'll see more Rob Zombie projects?
Rob Zombie: Uh, probably not. I don't really have a surplus of scripts.
Tyler, have you heard about the possible Freddy vs. Jason vs. Michael Myers...?
Tyler Mane: I'd kick all their asses.
Rob, did you have a lot of input from John Carpenter on this film? Has he seen anything that you've done so far with it?
Rob Zombie: He hasn't seen anything. I can relate to you, word for word, my conversation with John Carpenter. I called him right before the news was going to come out about the movie. I just felt that he should know about it first before it's announced. I was like, "Hey John, it's Rob." "What's up?" "I just wanted to tell you I'm going to be doing a Halloween remake." He just goes, "Oh, so what do you want me to say?" I said, "I don't want you to say anything, I just thought I'd tell you." He just goes, "Okay, cool. Go for it. Anything else?"
It was basically something like that. He was just like "Go for it, make it your own thing."
Halloween comes to theaters August 31 from MGM/Dimension Films.