[San Diego Comic-Con'12 Interview] 'Hatchet III' Director BJ McDonnell and Producer Adam Green - Bloody Disgusting
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[San Diego Comic-Con’12 Interview] ‘Hatchet III’ Director BJ McDonnell and Producer Adam Green



Dark Sky Films and creator Adam Green are once again heading back to the swamps with Hatchet III, this time around being directed by BJ McDonnell, and starring Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, Caroline Williams, Sean Whalen, Diane Goldner, Jason Trost, Zach Galligan, Cody Blue Snider and Rileah Vanderbilt.

To go along with our previous interview with stars Kane Hodder and Zach Galligan, Bloody’s Evan Dickson sent in his brief chat with creator Adam Green and new director BJ McDonnell! Deets inside.

This time, “The story finds Harris hunting down the true secret to ending the voodoo curse that has left Crowley’s ghost terrorizing Honey Island Swamp for decades. Mears will play a brooding, pompous SWAT team leader who is sent in to contain the carnage strewn about the haunted swamp. Williams will play a fast-talking journalist who fancies herself an expert on the legend of supernatural stalker Crowley.

Bloody Disgusting: BJ, what’s it like taking over this franchise? You were the camera operator on the first two.

BJ: We basically went over what Adam wanted to do with the story and what I wanted to do and wanted to show. And we came up with the whole thing together. It was a natural progression. I knew the characters, the story and the cast. It all came together pretty easily.

BD: Adam, what was it like watching someone hold your baby like that?

Adam: I’ve been getting fan mail where people are concerned, but they shouldn’t be. I wrote it, I’m producing it and my name is above the title. I really want this to be good. In some ways it was harder, because when you’re onset you’re only worried about making the movie. Being behind the scenes you’re worried about everything.

BJ: And we made the schedule. We stuck to the script and shot it and made it through. Even though we were in the swamp dealing with snakes, spiders and mud in the rain. We were in the thick of it all.

BD: The first two basically take place in the same 24 hour period.

Adam: And this is the next one. It picks up right were it left off.

BJ: Marybeth doesn’t sleep.

Adam: It starts right after she blew his head off in the second one.

BD: You could almost watch all three of these as one movie then?

Adam: There’s a plan way down the road that we want to do a version of all three together. And there’s stuff we shot for the first one that we would put back in. Someway down the road there’s going to be an edition where it’s the whole movie as one movie. And Marybeth is different in this one. This time she’s beyond the hysterics she was in in the second movie, now she’s almost completely shut down.

BJ: She’s been through so much.

Adam: If you think about the three films as one movie, the first one is the first act. Hatchet 2 is where things get dark. And then Hatchet 3 is when we get to the climax. It’s incredibly violent from the get-go. We both feel really strongly that this is the best of the three movies.

BJ: There are so many characters in this one.

Adam: But now we’re on Part 3 and the audience knows the deal and we can hit the ground running. It’s so much bigger. All the money went to extravagant stunts. After going through the first two we both had a lot of ideas on how to make it better. BJ’s visual language is amazing. Anybody who is concerned is going to be blown away. We kept it in the family. Passing the baton was seamless. The cast and crew accepted him immediately and we were ready to go.

Co-founded Bloody Disgusting in 2001. Producer on Southbound, the V/H/S trilogy, SiREN, Under the Bed, and A Horrible Way to Die. Chicago-based. Horror, pizza and basketball connoisseur. Taco Bell daily.