Will he or won't he?
It's a simple question that incessantly hounds any filmmaker — well, the male ones anyway — from the moment a remake of a beloved film is announced. Will Gus Van Sant really show Norman Bates pleasuring himself in the new "Psycho"? Will Sam Raimi really cast Ashton Kutcher in the new version of "The Evil Dead"?
Last week, an Internet sensation was set in motion when "Halloween" director Rob Zombie and producer Andy Gould revealed to MTV News a willingness to revise John Carpenter's classic franchise theme song (see "Zombie Kills 'Halloween' Theme Song, Revokes Myers' Driver's License"). Now, depending on who you ask, that tune is apparently being changed — in more ways than one.
"MTV misunderstood what I was saying about the music," the director posted on the "Halloween" MySpace page over the weekend. "Oh well, I am still shooting and haven't even [begun] to explore the music side of things yet."
Ending his brief message, Zombie stated: "I always planned on using the original theme since the beginning."
This undoubtedly came as a bit of a shock to those who read the MTV set visit report last week, which catalogued the copious changes Zombie is making for the August 31 release — it especially surprised this writer, who had asked the simple question, "Are you going to keep that famous 'Halloween' theme song?"
Zombie's response at the time was: "I don't know, we'll see," followed by an uneasy laugh. (Watch Zombie give his reply right here.)
He then amended that statement with: "I'm not sure about anything, because we're not done yet. You never know where things are gonna go. The plan was at some point to do that, to change it around, because the way it sounds now doesn't work with what we're doing."
It wasn't the resounding "Hell, yes!" that hundreds of vocal Internet posters obviously wanted to hear from Rob Zombie. Making matters even clearer, the future of John Carpenter's theme seemed particularly in doubt moments later when the same question was posed to "Halloween" producer Gould:
"We've re-imagined the picture," he responded. "Perhaps a re-imagining of the sound is in order too."
Three days after the set visit went live on MTV.com, Zombie asked this question of his MySpace friends: "Just curious why is everybody crying about the theme music suddenly. I never said I wasn't using it. You all have to stop freak out about every bullsh-- story you read."
Later that day, Zombie posted the "misunderstood" message — claiming that he had intended to resurrect Carpenter's theme all along.
Perhaps there was a misunderstanding in Zombie's answer, or perhaps Zombie and his producer were leaving their options open to remix the theme or abandon it altogether — and a terrifying week of horror fan outrage made them come to their senses.
Either way, an attempt to clarify the "Will he or won't he?" question has ultimately yielded the definitive answer that fans wanted: We will indeed hear those gloriously creepy piano keys while Michael Myers stalks his prey. We're still a bit puzzled as to Zombie and Gould's original answers, but as "Halloween" fans, we're still happy and excited that they're putting together what looks like a great movie — and that Michael has his music back.
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