Quick, do a Google search for Rob Zombie’s “Tyrannosaurus Rex.” We’ll wait…
Short of a 2008 promo image, chances are you saw lots of stories doing the online equivalent of scratching their heads, wondering what, exactly, Zombie’s in-development flick is all about. Some think it’s based on a comic he wrote, others think it has something to do with biker gangs from hell, and most assume it’s another horror offering from the rocker-turned-director.
But according to Zombie, all of them are wrong.
“It’s not a horror movie,” explained Zombie in an exclusive interview with MTV from the set of "Halloween 2." “It's like an incredibly violent '70s action movie. I can’t think of anything that’s like it. Just a gritty, gnarly, violent movie. But it’s not a horror movie in any way.”
With that out of the way, Zombie goes on to do his best to explain what “Tyrannosaurus Rex” is all about.
“It’s sort of like a cross between that Dustin Hoffman movie ‘Straight Time’ mixed with ‘Raging Bull’… sort of,” said Zombie. “I want to make a serious movie about this washed-up prizefighter who’s got this self-destructive tendency, and he comes out of prison and the only way he knows how to survive is by fighting.
He continued, “But his boxing career is over so he gets caught up in this sort of underground fight ring. But it’s all set in the '70s, so it’s not like an ‘Ultimate Fighting’ type thing. It’s more like just nasty. It’s like if ‘Every Which Way But Loose’ was a serious movie. How about that? Minus the orangutan. [laughs]”
Furthermore, Zombie took the opportunity to dispel the rumor that “Tyrannosaurus Rex” was based on he and writer Steve Niles’ comic, “The Nail,” but at the same time, noting that that may make it a tough sell in Hollywood.
“Someone just said that and then everyone believed it,” Zombie said in regards to the rumor. “Nah, it has nothing to do with it. But these days nobody wants to make anything that isn't a remake, a comic book or a sequel. So trying to get anyone to back original material is a nightmare.”