Macabre rocker Rob Zombie has signed on to write and direct a film called "The House Of 1000 Corpses."

Set to begin production by the end of this month, "Corpses" will mark the former White Zombie frontman's feature film writing and directing debut. Zombie's long-time manager Andy Gould will produce the film, according to Zombie's official Web site.

The film has not been cast yet, and Universal Pictures has slated the flick for an early 2001 release.

To hype the release of "The House of 1000 Corpses," Zombie will provide a sneak peek of the film by designing a maze based on the film for Universal Studios theme parks. The attraction will premiere during the month of October as part of Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights 2000," in both the Hollywood and Orlando Universal parks.

Last year, Zombie designed a maze called "The Thrilling, Chilling World of Rob Zombie" for Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights series (see "Rob Zombie Finds Inspiration In Strip Clubs, Haunts Halloween Maze").

In 1997, Rob Zombie signed on to write and direct "The Crow: 2037," the third installment in The Crow film franchise (see "Zombie Will Write/Direct Next 'Crow' Flick"). That cinematic enterprise did not come to pass.