A few weeks ago we passed along the first slivers of news about Rob Zombie's next confirmed feature film project, The Lords of Salem. In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Rob divulged a few more details about the movie – which, as you may already know, is being produced by the folks behind Paranormal Activity. The latest info waits below, so turn the page and learn more!
In the Billboard interview, Zombie declared Lords of Salem his next “big project on the horizon”... assuming he survives an incredibly loaded fall schedule which includes his “Halloween Hootenanny” tour with Alice Cooper and Murderdolls, the release of the Special Edition of Hellbilly Deluxe 2, a new Icon release spanning his early career, and a new “House of 1000 Corpses in 3-D ZombieVision” Halloween attraction for Universal Studios.
According to Rob, the Paranormal Activity producers approached him with an eye toward working together. “I didn't even have an idea at the time,” he admitted. “They were like, 'If you want to make a movie, if you have an idea we will give you complete control over casting, the script, the final cut of the picture – everything. You never heard that. Nobody hears that. Everything's a battle, but these guys were like, 'That'll be our deal with you.' And I was like, 'Great!'”
The story Rob eventually pitched comes from an idea originally touched on in his 2006 song of the same name, and involves a group of executed 17th-century witches returning to present-day Salem to seek revenge. “I grew up in Massachusetts, so the Salem witch trials and all that was always very prevalent,” he explained. “Even when I was a little kid, you take a school field trip and go to Salem to the witch museums and watch re-enactments of the witch trials. I always found it fascinating.”
Rob is writing the script now, and hopes to go into production next spring. He also hinted that his current band lineup might be creating original music for the film: “I've been thinking about the music in this movie early, early on,” he revealed. “We'll probably do the score this time out... not rock music, but a score. I know I want music to play a large role.”