(CelebrityAccess News Service) – Horror masterminds Rob Zombie and Steve Niles have created Creep Entertainment International, a horror inspired production company that will be based in Los Angeles, CA. Through this new venture, Zombie and Niles will co-create and develop horror based projects ranging from comic books, motion pictures, video games, books and music.
The first three projects from the duo are entitled The Nail (Dark Horse Comics), a tale of survival set in the world of Satanic bikers and 70's wrestling; Bigfoot (IDW Comics) which follows a man's quest to avenge his family and annihilate the creature who destroyed them; and The Lords of Salem a comic/music cross over project. All series will be co-written by Zombie and Niles. The books will be illustrated by some of the top talents working in comics today.
“Both Steve and I are life long horror fanatics," says Zombie. "This helps give us a unique perceptive on the genre. We are intent on branching out into every aspect of the field including comic books, toys, music, television and movies. We are approaching this joint venture with an enthusiasm that only true horror fans can bring to the table."
“I think this is a perfect opportunity." added Niles. "Zombie and I are very like-minded and we've spent our lives digesting horror, and we both have our own take on the genre at the same time. I think combining our unique imaginations will result in some enjoyably twisted material."
In October, Zombie’s released his first comic book venture entitled Spookshow International. Spookshow’s first issue quickly sold out its initial run and is now in its second printing. 2003 was a banner year for Steve Niles. The rights to Niles’s 1# selling vampire epic 30 Days of Night was recently acquired by Columbia Pictures for release as a motion picture. Sam (Spiderman) Rami is set to produce, and Niles has already written the screenplay.
In addition Niles’s film noir/horror character Cal McDonald (featured in the hit books The Criminal Macabre, The Savage Membrane and Gun, Drugs and Monsters, and Dial M for Monster ) has been scooped up by MGM, also be turned in a major motion picture later this year which Niles is slated to script. Dimension Films has just most recently acquired the rights to Niles’s Wake the Dead, a modern Frankenstein tale. X-Men 2 scribe Mike Dougherty is set to write the script.
Rob Zombie is represented by Andy Gould for The Firm and Steve Niles is represented by Jon Levin at CAA. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner