Perhaps it’s because he’s burned all his bridges in the rock ‘n’ roll community, or perhaps he’s just sucked every penny possible from his affiliation with KISS; whatever the reason, Gene Simmons has been attempting to dip his demonic toes into the horror movie biz for a while now. With the stated goal of making “elevated” genre films, Simmons signed with WWE Studios in 2015 and produced the recent Wesley Snipes’ thriller Armed Response.
A report at PageSix.com, however, indicates Simmons is making further inroads into horror with another producer deal in the works with ArcLight.
A source tells Page Six that Simmons is inking a deal with the Beverly Hills, Calif., and Sydney-based film sales and finance company Arclight Films.
ArcLight is currently supporting the Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried film First Reformed at the Venice Film Festival, but another project supposedly on the company’s front burner in a reboot of The Blob (released in 1958 and remade once already in 1988); Samuel L. Jackson is supported attached to star.
Simmons recently made news for trying to copyright the devil-horns hand gesture fans and musicians commonly flash at heavy metal concerts. It’s part of a long-running pattern in Simmons’ career of acting like a greedy asshole. He remains stalwart in his self-righteousness, making me wonder if we really want this guy anywhere near our beloved horror genre. I personally wish he’d make nice with his KISS buddies and get his ass back on stage. At least there we like it when he opens his mouth—especially when blood and fire come out!