The long-rumoured, long-awaited and much-leaked Jeepers Creepers 3 has finally been announced. The third film in the cult horror series, Jeepers Creepers, is set to begin production early next year with series creator Victor Salva (The Nature of the Beast, The Old Hag Syndrome) returning to helm the new instalment.
The series (which takes it’s name from the classic 1938 Louis Armstrong song) is based around a frightening monster known as the Creeper, a mysterious and ancient being that hunts humans for twenty three days every twenty third spring. The first film, released in 2001, centred around a brother and sister who fell prey to the creature after they stumble across it in an abandoned church. The second film, released in 2003, took place several days following the events of the first instalment and centred around a group of teenagers trapped in a school bus by the creature after it disables the vehicle on a lonely country road.
The third instalment will feature original cast members Jonathan Breck (JAG, Star Trek: Voyager) and Brandon Smith (No Country For Old Men, Friday Night Lights) with the former once again donning the Creeper costume and the latter reprising his role as Seargent Davis Tubbs. The film will focus on Sergeant Tubbs’ effort to assemble a strike team to take the Creeper down once and for all but the monster is not especially keen on the idea and offers considerable resistance.
Salva issued a statement after the film’s confirmation, saying “Writing and directing a new Jeepers film, the first time in over a decade, is incredibly exciting for me and I believe for Jeepers fans all over the world that have been asking for more. What will go before the cameras as Jeepers Creepers 3 is a new and terrifying chapter from the Jeepers universe. 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.”
There has been no official confirmation whether the sequel will address the time jump at the end of the second film, which closed with a scene taking place twenty three years after the rest of the movie and featured a major character waiting next to the Creeper’s dormant (and in this state, unkillable) body, waiting for the monster to wake again so that he can destroy it once and for all. Doing so would likely require the return of actor Ray Wise (Reaper, Robocop) which may be a dicey proposition if he really is reprising his role as Leland Palmer in the upcoming Twin Peaks miniseries which begins filming this month. Maybe he’ll just pop up long enough to be killed by the Creeper. Returning characters don’t have very good odds in horror movies if they aren’t played by Sigourney Weaver.