IDT Ent.’s DPS Film Roman and multi-hyphenate Rob Zombie have signed an agreement to produce a direct-to-video animated movie based on Zombie’s Spookshow International comic book, El Superbeasto. The project will be the first animated feature for Zombie, the multi-platinum musician who wrote and directed the cult hit horror flick House of 1000 Corpses.
Zombie will write the story and serve as executive producer on the project, which will follow the adventures of a crime-fighting secret agent named El Superbeasto. The massive, over-the-hill masked wrestler has more interest in strippers than adventure, but still manages to get involved with murdering super-intelligent gorillas, Liverpudlian zombies and Dr. Satan, a manic depressive mad scientist with a penchant for finding the perfect woman. Joining our hero on his escapades is his sister, Suzie X, a sexy super-spy adventurer, and her sidekick, a ten-foot tall robot named Marvin, who loves Barry Manilow and Michael Bolton.
"El Superbeasto is Austin Powers meets The Munsters by way of A Hard Days Night,” says Zombie. “The bizarre stories and insane characters are perfect for animation and DPS Film Roman is the best animation studio to bring the comic to life."
Anchor Bay Ent., also an IDT Ent. company, will handle domestic video distribution for Superbeasto and the newly minted IDT Ent. Sales will be responsible for international distribution.
Zombies previous foray into animation was designing a hallucination sequence in Mike Judges Beavis and Butt-head Do America. His directorial debut, the live-action chiller, House of 1000 Corpses, was released in 2003 by Lions Gate Ent. A sequel, The Devils Rejects, is currently in production and is slated for a 2005 release.