Last April, production was shut down on the long-gestured Jeepers Creepers 3 with no word on if or when the project would be revived.
I was able to exclusively confirm that pre-production is currently underway on the sequel, which I am hearing will now film in Louisiana instead of Vancouver, Canada.
Victor Salva is still in the director’s chair with filming scheduled to begin next month.
While we are unsure if any of the casting has changed, before last year’s abrupt shut-down I had told you guys that Gina Philips will be reviving her role of Trish, the surviving sibling in the first Jeepers Creepers.
I also heard that the Creeper’s van, featuring the “BEATNGU” license plate, will play a major role.
When originally announced, it was reported that Jonathan Breck would return as The Creeper, with Brandon Smith as Sergeant Davis Tubbs.
“’Jeepers Creepers 3′ will show events on the last day of the Creeper’s twenty-three day feeding frenzy, as the skeptical Sergent Tubbs teams up with a task force hellbent on destroying the Creeper for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as its enemies grow closer than ever before to learning the secret of its dark origins.”
The first two films in the franchise, Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers II, were both global box office hits, grossing over $120 million combined worldwide. The first two films were also hugely popular with genre fans and critics, and horror fans have long clamored for a new installment of The Creeper’s misdeeds.
Editor’s Note: Last year, Trace posted this op-ed in which he tackled the criminal past of director Victor Salva, creator of the Jeepers Creepers franchise. The piece was, and still is, meant to open discussions on the possibility of separating a work of art from the person who created it and, if so, how the viewer makes sense of this.
We brought this up because we wanted to see what you, our readers, thought when it comes to Salva and his conviction for sexually abusing a child. We found ourselves questioning whether or not we should even continue to bring news of his works. And while we still struggle with this, we feel in this case that it is our duty to bring you information that we are presented. However, we will do so in a neutral and unbiased manner which may seem cold and incredibly direct. Please continue to let us know your thoughts on this as we take it incredibly seriously.