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Adam Green Reveals Idea for Fourth ‘Hatchet’

I think we can all agree that Adam Green’s Hatchet films are a blast if you’re a gorehound. When it comes to kills, these films don’t shy away from bringing the goods and, as a result, are perfect for a gathering of friends, a six pack of cold ones, and a couple of boxes of pizza.

Since news on a fourth entry into the series has been pretty scarce, Green decided to spill the beans on an failed old pitch to Dark Sky for a new film on his podcast The Movie Crypt. This time, Green wanted to go meta and have Crowley become a real entity, one that has seen the first three films and isn’t happy with how he’s been portrayed.

Green explained:

“It plays with the idea of Victor Crowley actually being a real thing, I lied and said I made it up but I really stole the story and now he’s coming to get everybody who worked on the movie. But he doesn’t really look like he did in the three — he’s really scary, it’s a little more paranormal. I just figured to go out with a bang and make it real and make it grounded and make him terrifying and not campy would have been really cool…”

The alleged reason this story was turned down was because Dark Sky didn’t want there to be an ending to the series. After all, franchises make bucks. “I remember pitching that idea to Dark Sky, and they said ‘if you do that, that’s the end. There’s nowhere left to go,” Green clarified. The idea wasn’t rejected as much as they went in a different direction.

However, we’ve heard that there are legitimate talks for a fourth film but only time will tell where these talks lead. Keep your eyes here as I think we’d all love to see Victor Crowley rise once again!

You can hear the full podcast via The Movie Crypt.

Article updated at 8:40pm with new quotes and information.

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COMMENTS

28 Comments
  • wehoaks

    So basically he would have stolen New Nightmare? Ay yai yai, there is no bigger fan of Adam Green than Adam Green.

    • fannypack aficionado

      Not really a steal, as Freddy still wasn’t really a “real thing” in NN, but rather took the form of Freddy…. plus he wasn’t necessarily going after people associated with the ANOES cast. Green’s pitch sounds different enough, but not good enough to warrant a greenlight, for sure.

      • wehoaks

        Never understood the massive love for the guy.

        • fannypack aficionado

          Agreed. I appreciate the over-the-top gore and slasher throwback mentality, but overall his work isn’t great.

          • wehoaks

            The Hatchet series is so very lazy.

          • SugarShane333

            I turned off the first one after 30 minutes and haven’t gone back.

      • Justin McGill

        he wasn’t? wasn’t the major plot thread he basically had t defeat THE final girl from the original film? This sounds kind of like a mashup of New Nightmare meets the novel of Psycho II.. Not a bad thing, but no.. I enjoy them for what they are and would love a more traditional, fun, straight up sequel.

    • zob rombie

      Exactly: it’s basically a good excuse to make the movie about himself, like diggin up the narrow (wich I actually liked)

      • wehoaks

        Well Aram Green loves Adam Green.

        • zob rombie

          Aram is his saudi adopted little brother

  • Mightygil

    I’m a fan of the Hatchet series but I’m not sure we really need a fourth one, especially if what’s above is how they want to approach it

  • tbaio

    Keep it. These films got progressively worse with each addition.

  • Vader the White

    “…because Dark Sky didn’t want there to be an ending to the series…”
    That didn’t stop Friday the 13th after The Final Chapter or Jason Goes to Hell. That didn’t stop A Nightmare on Elm Street after Freddy’s Dead. That didn’t stop Halloween after the second one or H20. Hell, the vast majority of slasher films depict the killer as dead once and for all yet they STILL return for a sequel!

    • wehoaks

      I am betting it is a lot nicer to say “didn’t want the series to end…” than “The last one made shit money so no fucking way we even want to make another…”

      • Vader the White

        At least it would honest.

        • wehoaks

          I am sure they told Green that. He, however, has to suck himself off some more so…

  • J Jett

    even though i’m not a huge fan of this franchise (it’s ok. the first film was the best IMO) this pitch for the 4th movie actually sounded kind of cool.

    • Halloween_Vic

      Love the first one!! It’s the best one!!!!

  • Halloween_Vic

    I wouldn’t mind a 4th to be honest I enjoy crowley the films are pure fun (first film being my favorite tho) but that pitch was way beyond stupid lol no wonder it got declined, surprised it did since a lot of stupid shit gets picked up.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I normally always side with the writers/directors over the studio, but this idea is flippin’ retarded. No wonder they turned it down. As a fan of the Hatchet series I’d love to see a fourth film made, but not this nonsense. Stick with what you’ve been doing. All three Hatchet films are good fun popcorn flicks that should never be taken seriously. Just get people in the swamp and get them dead. Not complicated.

  • Kirby4Ever

    I liked the ending to Hatchet III and, as a massive fan of both Adam Green and the Hatchet franchise, I thought it wrapped things up nicely and respectfully. Still, now that a couple years have passed, I wouldn’t mind seeing a Hatchet IV. Adam Green has only gotten better with age and more experience, so I’d love to see him return to the franchise. His concept is interesting, but I just don’t think it would work for this campy, playful franchise. It’s too thought-provoking for a franchise that requires you to leave your brain at the door when you go to watch it. Just stick to Crowley killing people in the swamp. Look what happened every time the Friday the 13th franchise tried to change it up and do something different: Jason Goes to Hell? Jason X? A New Beginning? The ones that are most different from the classic “Jason killing counselors in the woods” plot are largely regarded as the worst of the franchise. Creative, more thoughtful plots work for more mature, witty franchises like Scream or NOES, but for simple, fun slashers like Friday the 13th and Hatchet, just stay simple and keep giving the audience the same thing. I know it’s redundant and repetitive, but it’s what we want! Friday the 13th Parts 1 through 4 all basically recycled the same exact plot, but they are four of my favorite films of all time and franchise fan favorites!
    Also, I think Adam already has enough projects starring himself (Holliston, The Movie Crypt, Scary Sleepover, Digging Up the Marrow). A cameo is fine but Hatchet is Victor Crowley’s franchise, and Danielle Harris and Kane Hodder are the stars!

  • This is a horrible idea. I seriously hope this never gets made because the 3rd was a fun way to end it.

  • ThunderDragoon

    That would’ve been cool. Maybe some day they’ll let him do it.

  • GinsuVictim

    Nothing this guy does is original. I still have fun with the Hatchet movies, but Green needs to get some of his own ideas on screen.

  • TheSlitheryDee

    Adam Green’s Sharpened Hatchet… Meh. Sounds cool enough.

  • PowerGloveKid

    hatchet is my fav. i would to see a 4th one

  • Antonio

    Hatchet 4 has to come out the trilogy can’t end like that not knowing if Danielle Harris dies. Give the fans what we want.

  • Frank Popp Jr.

    Sounds like Wes Cravens New Nightmare… i agree with Dark Sky’s reasoning for not picking that up. Save that for the last hurrah… put out 3 more… pick up where you left off but plan it as a new trilogy to continue…. one that opens new doors… then when all is said and done… do this idea…

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