Jeepers Creepers 3 is finally back on track!
With long delays stretching back to 2010, due to controversy surrounding writer/director Victor Salva and his molestation and child pornography charges back in 1988, it seems the creeper will be reappearing on our screens very soon.
Deadline.com reported in 1988, Salva was convicted of oral copulation with the 12-year-old star of Clownhouse, his first feature film, and he served 19 months of a three-year sentence. He also pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct and of procuring a child for pornography. After his release from prison, he went on to direct such films as Powder, Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers II.
“It has recently come to our attention,” the union alert says, “that a casting breakdown has gone out for a feature film entitled Jeepers Creepers III, and that the director of the film, Victor Salva, was convicted of sexual misconduct in 1988. The conviction allegedly resulted from misconduct involving a minor whom Mr. Salva was directing at the time. At this time we would like to remind our members and their agents that, under Article A2702 (Safety & Welfare of a Minor) of the BC Master Production Agreement, a performer has the right to refuse work if they believe that the nature of the work is unsafe.”
Upon learning of the alert, Breakdown Services issued a statement to its clients saying it had removed the casting notice from its website. “Upon learning of this notice and our own verification of the facts surrounding Salva’s conviction, Breakdown Services has removed this project from its files. All submissions made by any agent on this project are no longer available to the casting director nor any member of the production staff.”
The casting notice sought an 18-year-old actress for the role of Addison, who at the age of 13 had been sent to live with her grandmother after her stepfather “started making overtures” to her. Salva could not be reached for comment.
The creepy sequel will reunite the team behind the first two films, including Francis Ford Coppola.
The third film will focus on the final day of the Creeper’s 23-day feeding frenzy. Returning will be Sergent Tubbs (Brandon Smith) and a task force intent on destroying the Creeper for good.
Producer Stan Spry has stated “We are bringing back the Creeper’s truck, and will be addressing the big questions about The Creeper: what it is, where it came from and why it does what it does.”
Some films are better left with as little explanation as possible, as it can work in the villains favour and make them even more terrifying, but I’m looking forward to having these questions answered.
What do you guys think? Will you been watching Jeepers Creepers 3 when its released or wil you steer clear due to the controversy surrounding its writer/director Victor Salva?