Reality TV king Mike Fleiss, who has created shows ranging from World's Scariest Police Shootouts to The Real Gilligan's Island to The Bachelor, has locked down the rights to create a horror movie franchise to be titled Black Sabbath, and has hired the heavy metal band Black Sabbath's guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi to score the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie won't feature the band in a Hard Day's Night-from-hell-like scenario, but will use the band as a thematic springboard.
This won't be Fleiss' first step into the horror genre. He has previously produced Hostel, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its prequel The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, and is currently developing Stephen King's novel Cell as a possible TV miniseries.
No word yet on what, if any, share of the property might be claimed by former Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne, who in May began a suit against Iommi for a 50 percent interest of the "Black Sabbath" trademark.
The name Black Sabbath has been applied to a horror film before. The great Italian horror movie director Mario Bava's anthology film I tre volti della paura (The Three Faces of Fear) starring Boris Karloff was Anglicized as Black Sabbath back in the early 1960s.
Fleiss will make the new Black Sabbath under the banner of his new company Next Films, with his producing partner Chris Biggs.