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Black Sabbath guitarist to start a horror movie franchise.

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 29, 2009

Tony Iommi

Tony Iommi

Alexandra Hartnett – Examiner.com

The UK’s Guardian Online reported Monday, July 27, that former Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has signed a deal to launch a series of horror films. These films will be called, what else, “Black Sabbath”.

Iommi will team up with producer Mike Fleiss on the project. Fleiss is best known for his reality TV work on shows such as The Bachelor and Shocking Behavior Caught on Tape parts One and Two. However, Fleiss has served as GoreMaster Makeup Effects Manualproducer on the horror films Hostel, Hostel: Part II and the 2006 remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

This announcement comes on the heals of a suit filed by Black Sabbath’s infamous front man Ozzy Osbourne against Iommi over rights to the band’s name. Osbourne is claiming the guitarist illegally took sole ownership of the band’s name when he registered a US trademark. The Guardian writes, “Osbourne is pursuing Iommi over his unilateral use of the Black Sabbath name, seeking rights and lost royalties. Iommi registered the US trademark in 2000, but Osbourne has argued that ‘morally and ethically the trademark should be owned by the four [band members] equally’”.

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