Rob Zombie fans: House of a Thousand Corpses has been picked up by Lion's Gate Films for release sometime next year:
LIONS GATE TAKES UP RESIDENCE IN HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
August 27, 2002 – Los Angeles – Lions Gate Films (AMEX and TSE: LGF) has secured rights from Andy Gould of The Firm to musical superstar/filmmaker Rob Zombie’s controversial horror film “House of 1000 Corpses”, it was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing. The film will be released theatrically in the first quarter of 2003.
“With ’House of 1000 Corpses’ Rob Zombie has created an in your face, unrelenting horror film experience,” said Ortenberg. “We are really looking forward to working with Rob and having a lot of fun with this campaign.”
“Whether it be ‘American Psycho’, ‘Dogma’, or ‘O’, Lions Gate has proven time and again that they are not afraid to take on risky, subversive projects, and that they are masters at marketing and distributing provocative, challenging material,” said Andy Gould.
Ortenberg, Peter Block, President of Home Entertainment, Acquisitions and New Media, and Jason Constantine, Vice President of Acquisitions, negotiated the deal on behalf of Lions Gate, with Andy Gould of The Firm, David Fox and Jeffrey Light of Myman, Abell, Fineman, Greenspan, & Light, LLP, Rick Yorn of The Firm and Jordan Schur of Geffen Records negotiating on behalf of writer/director Zombie.
In “House of 1000 Corpses”, two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the 1000+ horrors that await. Written and directed by Zombie, making his feature film debut, the film stars cult favorites Sid Haig, Bill Mosley, Michael J. Pollard and Karen Black, along with newcomers, Sherri Moon and Chris Hardwick. Produced by Andy Gould, edited by Robert K. Lambert and accompanied by an original soundtrack featuring new music by Zombie.
An influential multi-platinum musician and Grammy nominated artist, Zombie is also an MTV video award winner for his self-directed “More Human Than Human” video. His first feature film experience came when he was recruited by Mike Judge to animate the
classic hallucinatory sequence of the feature Beavis & Butt-Head Do America. He has composed songs for several feature films, including Mission: Impossible II; End of Days and The Crow: City of Angels.
Upcoming releases from Lions Gate include the award-winning SECRETARY, starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal, directed by Steven Shainberg; the hotly anticipated THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, written for the screen and directed by Oscar winning screenwriter Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction), starring James Van Der Beek, Shannyn Sossamon, Jessica Biel; THE GREY ZONE, an intense drama written and directed by Tim Blake Nelson, starring David Arquette, Mira Sorvino, Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel; Kathryn Bigelow’s psychological thriller THE WEIGHT OF WATER, starring Catherine McCormack, Oscar nominee Sean Penn, Elizabeth Hurley, Josh Lucas and Sarah Polley and James Foley’s thriller CONFIDENCE, starring Ed Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz and Andy Garcia.
Recent releases include the award winning hit MONSTER’S BALL, starring Halle Berry (2001 Academy Award winner for Best Actress), Billy Bob Thornton, and Heath Ledger, which is Lions Gate’s biggest box-office hit to date; FRAILTY, a chilling study in psychological terror that marked Bill Paxton’s directorial debut, starring Paxton and Matthew McConaughey; and the critical favorite LOVELY & AMAZING, starring Oscar nominees Brenda Blythen and Catherine Keener.
Lions Gate develops, produces and distributes a broad range of motion picture, television and other filmed entertainment content through its four operating divisions – Motion Pictures, Television, Animation and Studio Facilities – as well as its CinemaNow digital media platform and its CineGate structured film financing partnership. The distinctive Lions Gate brand is recognized as a symbol of original, cutting edge, quality entertainment in markets worldwide.
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