So sue me, but I love the hell out of the first “Jeepers Creepers” movie (it was so familiar, yet so different; tell me you saw the police station sequence coming!), and liked the second one enough to recommend it. Now Victor Salva, writer/director of the first two films, has officially announced that yes, he is indeed coming back for a “Jeepers Creepers 3” (tentatively subtitled, “The Creeper Walks Among Us”), although he’s not sure if it’ll go directly to DVD, or make it into theaters again.
For the real JEEPERS III scoop, we turned to Salva. “I have indeed signed to write and direct a third JEEPERS film this year,” he tells Fango. “It’s tentatively titled JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: THE CREEPER WALKS AMONG US. It includes a prologue in the Old West and might bring back several characters from the first two films 20 years later. The script and story will be big on scares and give us plenty more of the traditional Creeper creepiness, with a few more bits thrown in about what it might be and where it came from.”
Regarding the sequel’s release plans, Salva says, “The larger question right now is whether the film will get a shot at the big screen. MGM initially suggested that we go direct to video with the third in the trilogy, but we hope that the exciting entity that the new MGM is becoming realizes that both JEEPERS CREEPERS films set [then-] records for their Labor Day weekend box-office openings, before each went on to make over $100 million apiece on DVD. I believe a theatrical release is critical to this kind of success on video. I don’t think you can have one without the other, and it would be a shame not to be able to see what I have planned for JEEPERS III up on the big screen.”
You know, I would actually prefer it if this thing went straight to DVD. It would suck for Salva, of course, but speaking purely as a fan of the franchise, I could care less at this point if more people jump on the bandwagon. I just gotta have me my Creeper mayhem!
At the end of “Jeepers Creepers 2”, the Creeper had been stopped and “locked up” (of sorts) by a vengeful farmer played by Ray Wise. According to the Fangoria article, Wise will be back, and the Creeper will have to get past him to continue his killing spree. Seeing as how the Creeper, who is in hibernation for 23 years, will still be fresh as a pickle when he wakes up, and Wise’s character will be a decrepit old man, I got my money on the Creeper escaping.