Zombie dead set on more ‘Corpses’

Helmer heading back to 'House' for horror sequel

Rob Zombie is set to write and direct a sequel to his horror pic “House of 1000 Corpses” for Lions Gate Films.

The Firm’s Beau Flynn will produce the sequel with Zombie’s longtime manager Andy Gould. Lions Gate president of production Mike Paseornek will oversee the pic, which is expected to start shooting in fall for an April release, a year after the first film.

Original has grossed $11 million domestically in its first month of release.

“With ‘House of 1000 Corpses,’ Rob Zombie has established himself as a filmmaker with a passionate artistic vision as well as an eye toward the pop-culture zeitgeist, judging by the cult status the film is quickly achieving,” Paseornek said.

“We felt Zombie had captured something distinctive with this picture, and we are thrilled that audiences have responded similarly,” said Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Film Releasing. “We are looking forward to releasing the next chapter in the series wide next April, which will be ideally positioned to outperform the original and hopefully will confirm it as a franchise for the company.”

Original pic, which stars Sig Haig, Bill Mosley, Karen Black, Sherri Moon and Chris Hardwick, follows two young couples on a misguided tour onto the backroads of America, in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan, who are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Haig, Black, Moon and Mosley will return for the sequel.

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