Jack Ketchum Talks Alternate ‘Offspring’ Finale, New Project

B-D stringer John Marrone recently had the chance to talk to author Jack Ketchum, who has all sorts of projects in the pipeline from the forthcoming Offspring to the newly announced The Passenger, all being adapted for the big screen. Beyond the break you can read a bit about the new ending for Offspring, along with first details on Passenger.
John Marrone writes in, “Got back from interviewing Jack Ketchum, here’s a quick news bit…

Jack Ketchum wrote the screenplay for Offspring, and before all was said and done, they reshot the ending to give it a different finale than the book. Beware of spoilers.

We wanted to leave it a bit more open than the novel, ending wise,” Ketchum tells us. “Leave it open for a sequel possibilities. Without giving it away completely, somebody that died at the end of the novel is still alive at the end of the film.

Jack also talked about The Passenger, another screenplay Ketchum developed and turned into a screenplay.

The Passenger is a story about a woman stranded on the rode looking for a ride, who coincidentally gets picked up by an old friend.” He continues, “Problem is, she is fucking nuts. Up the road a ways, a trio of rapist murderers are hitchhicking after getting into an accident during their escape. So in no time, what you have is our main character sitting in a car with a lunatic driver and three murderous rapists in the back seat. She’s going to have one hell of a bad day.

The script is currently in the hands of Lucky McGee (May, The Woods) who has the options on it at this time.”

Watch for more on Offspring soon. In Offspring, survivors of a feral flesh-eating clan are chowing their way through the locals. Amy Halbard and Claire Carey strive to survive their abduction by the cannibals and save their children. A subplot involving Claire’s despicable husband, Steven, gives an opportunity to cleverly compare predatory civilized folk to the appetite-driven primitives.