BREAKING: ‘Jeepers Creepers 3’ Still NOT in Production

Legions of fans continue getting excited over nothing.

***I am pleased to announce that, as of September 11, 2015, the thesis of this article is no longer true.  Jeepers Creepers 3 is officially in pre-production!  Read the OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: HERE!***

 

Before proceeding any further, please make sure you read the headline correctly.

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In early July 2011, IMDB caused a glorious uproar among horror fans when they announced that Jeepers Creepers 3 had, at long last, gone into production. Too bad it wasn’t remotely true. The un-news even came as a surprise to franchise mastermind Victor Salva who said at the time: “It has come close several times to going before the camera, and I hope someone sees the wisdom in shooting this. According to IMDB we already started shooting; I guess they started without us.”

This misinformation is just one example of many false rumors regarding Jeepers Creepers 3 (reportedly subtitled Cathedral) that have caused first elation and then devastation among horror fans when reports are disproven.

Occasionally, an excited fan will stumble across one of the fan-made trailers for Jeepers Creepers 3 on You Tube; inevitably, he or she will share the news all over Facebook or Twitter—which only adds to the confusion. Listen fans, I’m not mad at you; there’s a lot of BS out there on the Internet and it’s difficult to separate fact from fiction. Established horror sites that purposely stoke false hope among unsuspecting fans with the goal of increasing Internet traffic, however: You guys suck.

 

Background

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It’s time to get the story straight.

Despite it’s pitiable 45% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Jeepers Creepers (released in 2001) was an amazing success, grossing almost $60 million worldwide. The film succeeded in no small part thanks to the villainous antagonist, the titular Creeper: A chilling hybrid of man and demon. Jeepers Creepers was further bolstered by a crackling script and amazing chemistry between the film’s lead actors; Justin Long and Gina Philips play a brother and sister duo on a road-trip through rural Florida who run afoul of the dangerous beast. The film firmly established writer/director Victor Salva as an up and coming horror practitioner of unusual promise.

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The sequel, simply titled Jeepers Creepers II and helmed again by Victor Salva, was released in 2003 and picks up three days after the events of the first film. This time, the action centered on a family seeking vengeance against the Creeper and a broken down bus full of high school kids who find themselves easy prey. While hardcore fans weren’t as impressed with Salva’s second JC effort, the film was another undeniable success, this time grossing over $63 million worldwide.

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In the years since, Silva has gone on to direct the horror films Rosewood Lane (2011) and Dark House (2014), but he and fans have been holding out hope for a 3rd Chapter in the Jeepers Creepers Franchise for ages. Considering the confirmed profitability of the franchise and the documented legions of followers, it seems like producing Part 3 would be a no-brainer. So… WTF is going on?

 

Development Limbo, Hollywood Hell

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The push for Jeepers Creepers Part 3 began almost immediately after the release of Part 2, in 2003. The first reports to surface claimed the next installment would serve as both a prequel and a sequel, starting off in the Old West and ending 23 years after the events of the first two films. It was implied that Gina Philips would team up with Ray Wise and Luck Edwards (who played the protagonists in Part 2) for a no holds barred battle royale against the insidious Creeper. Salva was clearly deeply inspired, telling fans and online news outlets that Part 3 would be the most ambitious of the franchise.

Since then: A whole lotta nothing.

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The project seems to be stalled at the source; MGM, who owns the franchise, balked at Salva’s requested filming budget. The project was downgraded; a theatrical release was scrubbed and plans were made for an eventual direct-to-DVD release for Jeepers Creepers Part 3. This callous treatment of an established cash-cow franchise by the studio is utterly mind-boggling. As the years slogged on with no progress, hopes began to fade.

Things seemed to be looking up when, in 2011 Salva reported

“Though I’ve been beating this drum for so long that people have started not to believe me, I am told that they are very close to a financing deal for the third film in the trilogy. So I want to say [the film is moving forward], but let’s not jinx it by saying anymore.” Maybe he should have kept his mouth shut!

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You jinxed it, Victor!

Since then, rumors have circulated about a possible Jeepers Creepers TV series that would pick up wherever Part 3 ends. Other rumors said MGM had decided to move forward with the film (reinstating a theatrical release) as long as it’s produced in 3-D, an option that does not please Salva one bit. Another postulated that it was being filmed in secret. Other (more likely) rumors involve squabbling over casting decisions, script re-writes, and (as always) money.

 

Jeepers Creepers Click Bait

This morning, the horror site iHorror posted an article on their Facebook page, triumphantly proclaiming: Justin Long Confirms ‘Jeepers Creepers 3 Plot; Offers Project Update. Just like I’ve seen dozens of time before, excited fans (many of whom probably didn’t even read the actual article) start gushing with similar sentiments: “Finally!” and, “I can’t wait!” and, “I’ve been looking forward to this for years!” Getting people’s hopes up with a misleading headline isn’t the worst crime in the world, but it definitely toys with our emotions.

Those who did click on the link discovered, first of all, that this article was published months ago, back in early September 2014, so this is hardly recent news. Furthermore, they give credence to “facts” presented by someone who’s not remotely involved in the film’s production; Justin Long may appear in a flashback, but he’s an actor, not a producer, so he’s in absolutely no position whatsoever to “confirm” anything!  And what were his supposedly jaw-dropping revelations, you ask:

“There is a script (it’s called Jeepers Creepers: Cathedral). Gina [Philips] plays the lead in it. It’s been tough getting off the ground, financially, unfortunately.”

This is for getting my hopes up, Justin!

This is for getting my hopes up, Justin!

In other words, more of the same old same old. Thanks for nothing.

 

Nothing but the Facts

Here’s what we know: There is a script for Jeepers Creepers Part 3. Victor Salva wrote the screenplay and is attached to direct. Unfortunately, MGM seems (at the moment) unwilling to pony-up the funds necessary to bring this project to fruition. Anything else you’ve heard about the progress of Jeepers Creepers 3 is an unsubstantiated rumor.

So how can we separate fact from fiction? First of all, unless the news comes from an established industry site, you should double-check it before rushing to the Internet to stir the pot with unfounded-excitement. I keep telling folks: When Jeepers Creepers 3 finally does go into production, we’ll all know it—because it’s going to be a huge news story! You won’t be able to escape it!

Another rumor: The Creeper's truck will return in Part 3

Another rumor: The Creeper’s truck will return in Part 3

Feel hopeless about the entire situation? Wish there was something you could do about it, a way to convince MGM to do right by fans? I’m reminded of the Occupy Midian campaign: A group of dedicated genre fans who almost single-handedly brought the director’s cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed to the masses. Jeepers Creepers needs a champion, or better yet, a movement. Fans need to let MGM know that we’re still here, and just as excited as ever for the Jeepers Creepers saga to continue. Without an organized, high profile effort, hell may freeze over before Cathedral ever sees the light of day.

Have you been looking forward to a 3rd Chapter of Jeepers Creepers for what feels like forever? Sound off in the comments section!

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  • John Squires
    9 January 2015 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Another ironically hypocritical post about something I wrote. Really, guys? Once again, it is this post that is the click-bait – not my valid news story about the movie. You guys baffle me. You really do.

    • Josh Millican
      9 January 2015 at 1:33 pm - Reply

      John , it has nothing to do with you! It has to do with the timing and iHorro’s decision to publish an old article as recent news. The only way you are even connected to this article is by leaving a comment claiming ownership! This article is about confusion over JC3 in general, the iHorror post was just one of SEVERAL examples. I learned my lesson last time, old chap. Please don’t take this one personally. As for click-bait, you need to understand that the feelings I present are genuine, and the title of this article is obviously ironic. If you felt singled out or attacked, please accept my sincerest apologies.

      Josh

      • John Squires
        9 January 2015 at 6:38 pm - Reply

        You can’t write a post accusing sites like iHorror of click-baiting by writing up non-news stories about Jeepers Creepers 3, when you yourself are writing a non-news story about Jeepers Creepers 3. That’s just silly. And the post you’re criticizing was written by me, which is how this has something to do with me.

        I’m not butt-hurt about it, but come on man. You keep writing stories calling out people (me, specifically) for doing the very thing you’re doing, by writing those stories. How does that make any sort of sense?

        • Josh Millican
          9 January 2015 at 6:56 pm - Reply

          First of all John, you’re welcome to contact me off line if you’d prefer; I’d welcome this discussion. But I’d like to quote something you said during our last spat: “Just do me a favor and don’t publicly assassinate my character, when you write posts about things I write. Feel free to offer up your differing opinions on your own site, but please don’t try to make me look like some sort of cyber terrorist.” I granted you the professional courtesy you requested by not naming you or anyone. And the only entity I levied blame at is the site. So unless you identify yourself as iHorror, I’m not sure why you you feel attacked? I supposed I could have made more of a point to say, “I’m griping about site promoters, NOT WRITERS” but I thought it went without saying. I’m not sure how a headline informing people that there is nothing new to report is click bait. It’s obvious irony. This article is a discussion about JC3 that includes reasons for fan confusion; one reason is headlines that imply the film is actually in pre-production. I like you John, and I have a of respect for your work; I feel bad that we got off on the wrong foot. But I learned my lesson. I may gripe about institutions or companies, but I’m keeping the names of individuals out of my articles. I didn’t post a link to the iHorror article, so the only way anyone would no you had anything to do with it, is your own comment. Sorry, not trying to write a novel here. In closing, understand that I am a maverick, and I don’t shy away from expressing my sometimes controversial opinions. Also, please address your issues to me, Josh Millican, not “You guys”. I do not represent The Blood-Shed, no one here asked me to write this, and we represent a divers group of writers with different styles and opinions. I hope we can put this one behind us as well.

          Best Regards,

          Josh

  • JB
    9 January 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Victor should look into doing a Kickstarter campaign similar to how Veronica Mars got the funding to shoot their film. As many news articles as I’ve seen go around about ‘fake’ news, I’m sure the horror sites would promote the hell out of it and Victor would get all the money he needed.

    • Josh Millican
      9 January 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

      Good point, JB. He might be worried about getting backlash similar to what Spike Lee experienced when he attempted crowdfunding; a lot of folks thought he didn’t have the right to ask others for money since he’s already well off. I’m torn personally. While I think crowdsourcing should mostly be utilized by those without other means, I think that these campaigns create a real sense of community and excitement, which could be exactly what this movie needs! Thanks for your comments!

    • Steven
      19 January 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

      Dude, I don’t mean to come across as a snob, but please don’t ever lump Jeepers Creepers and crowd-funding into the same category again. This is a franchise that is and was dramatically successful at the box office. If you think about it, the last thing people need to do after waiting so long is to pay out of their own pockets to get it made because MGM pretends to be in financial crisis. What would make them think we’re not!? Not to mention the people who can only afford to spend a few bucks (like me) will miss out on the surely grandiose rewards set up for people with more money.

      Crowd-funding is a piss-poor trend at best, and that goes for any type of crowd-funding. Holding art ‘hostage’ and threatening not to release it unless you collect profit from the fans is simply unethical.

  • Tim T
    22 February 2015 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the update, I don’t understand why or how their is so many trailers for the movie but yet no movie!!! MGM I guess doesn’t think 60 million is enough revenue to make JC3??? I have waited and promising other’s we were gonna to see this as soon as it is released. Well, Thank you for shedding the light on all the BS and sites falsely portraying its release..

    Thanks again…

    • Josh Millican
      22 February 2015 at 11:59 pm - Reply

      Most of those trailers are actually made by fans with good intensions of keeping interest alive and generating support. Unfortunately they get passed around so much people think they’re real and that the film already exists. It can be frustrating, for sure!

  • Lisa
    25 February 2015 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Ugh, apparently, right now Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is more worth MGM’s money than JC3. Which is ridiculous, seeing as how I haven’t met a single person who even liked the first HTTM. As for this article being “click bait”, I disagree. This is the first site I’ve seen that didn’t promise me a false “update”, or an exclusive yet vague quote from Salva or Long, in which they don’t even explain the whole situation with the production issues. This article wasn’t deceitful in any way, was written pretty recently, and actually provided some information concerning the film’s holdup that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I think we should show MGM what kind of money (since that’s apparently all they care about) they’re missing out on by not moving forward with JC3. Don’t know how we’d do that, but if someone were to make a “Bring the Creeper back” shirt, I’m not saying I wouldn’t buy it. 🙂

  • Joey
    29 March 2015 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I’m gonna have to agree. I been google searching Jeepers Creepers 3 news or updates forever.
    This is the first time I seen something in 2015 that right off the top told me there is a production issue and I found the whole read very informative. So thank you for that.
    Maybe I don’t understand all this movie production talk, but with all the crappy ass movies that come out constantly, this just doesn’t make sense to me! Who wouldn’t want this??!! And if MGM is putting other movies out, than their main focus should be to make the most money back from a movie and that would be putting a JC3 out.
    Lastly, every trailer not most of them.. Are fan made. You can’t find me an official Jeepers Creepers 3 trailer! If you could, they would be a Movie coming out.
    Please bring the Jeepers Creepers back!!

    • Josh Millican
      29 March 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks Joey. You’re absolutely right that MGM’s lack of interest in perpetuating this franchise completely flies is the face of rational reasoning. It’s just doesn’t make sense! I’m not in “The Industry” either so we’re equally perplexed!

  • Arsalan
    9 April 2015 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Come on people!! Let’s start a petition or something, you said to sound off on the comments, let’s start something!!

  • Jean
    21 April 2015 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I guess we are waiting for the Creeper to feed? Looks like it will be 23 years before Jeepers Creepers Cathedral hits the screen!
    How disappointing! We have all,waited too long!

  • CreeperFan
    30 May 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    Don’t understand the hate towards this movie series. I liked the first one and thought the sequel was even better, which rarely are nowadays. Come on MGM!

  • Kami
    3 June 2015 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Come on.. everyone wants jc3. The first one is one of my all time favorite movies. I wish there was a way I could directly talk to them and tell them how not disappointed they would be if they made it.

  • Tyrus Sanders
    6 June 2015 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Well this is very shocking to me. My name is Tyrus, I’m 16 years old. And for the most part movies have always been my favorite occupation. Since I was a young boy I’ve always had a fascination about horror films. Its just how they give you chills and goosebumps while watching them. And jeepers creepers was one of those movies I grew up on. Both of the movies JC and JC2 were absolutely incredible. I still have both of them on VHS and DVD. So why not bring back a Jeepers Creepers 3 or 4. I would love to see that, as many others would. I believe that Mr. Victor Salva would love to bring it back as well. But MGM is not willing to cooperate in bringing it back. So needless to say. I ask MGM to please bring back this horror franchise. It would make not only other Jeepers Creepers fans around the world happy, but for a kid like me, I would love to see it once again apart of my childhood. So please whoever is on this site, I urge you to help bring back Jeepers Creepers. So share this please.

    Sincerely,
    Tyrus Sanders

  • poobrainhorse
    10 June 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I have loved the first two films for years, been waiting for a third instalment just as long. It being June 2015 I have completely given up. Anything I hear about the film being in production I will automatically assume is a lie. Until MGM confirms the film or I see it on a shelf I’ll be putting Jeepers Creepers 3 in the back of my mind. (However I waited a LONG time for Tremors 5 and my prayers were answered… so who knows.)

  • Susan
    25 June 2015 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    I love the Jeepers movies. I have been watching horror movies since I was 5 (my parents obviously didn’t know). Because I have been watching horror movies for so long it takes a really good storyline to make me jump. The Jeepers movies did it for me. I even turned my husband onto the Jeepers movies. I have been patiently waiting for #3 and will continue to wait patiently but come on MGM…. give your head a shake. Jeepers has cult status now so making some serious dough is a no brainer!

  • PHYSC
    30 June 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    Bassically what they need to do is make it in the next 2 yrs,throw a huge budget at it,don’t base it on the prior movies but let it stand apart another town another duo a more frightening creeper and his truck updated and more dark.

    They should just reinvision it but keep major ties to the prior 1st movie,another creative scene like the scarecrow scene from number 2.

    The revenue you could get from that kind of film makes the original revenue nothing.

    It should be a 15 end of story not this quick cash 12/12a generic tripe of late that is a must,as the current younger audience where likely not even aware of the original movies.
    And 12/12a is killing it’s production companies reputation to even come up with a single movie now that is not generic and is NOT12/12A DAMN IT lol.

  • PHYSC
    30 June 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    If you want a prime example of why 12/12a certification destroys a film by watering it down for kids,just look no further than the robocop remake compared to the original movie as a good start point.The gore the slight realism and adult humor and the absolute much needed clarence bodicker character made the film and then 12a destroyed it.

    I’d love to see them make a jaws remake that actually was good but right now would be a bad bad time to let a production company get there 12/12a slapped all over it to cash in,although the special effects would abliterate it,the age censorship would just beat it back down to a watered down kids film.And destroy any chance of it being original or remotely scary.

  • PHYSC
    30 June 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Even as an average guy i bet you a grand to a penny i could write a far superior story to be made into a script than half the garbage out there,i think it far better if the director keeps to his vision without them forcing it to be 12/12a i guess is what i am saying to end on.

  • Tim Hughes
    23 July 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    I dont understand how this movie cannot get financed. The last two movies were so good!

  • Oscar
    24 July 2015 at 12:24 am - Reply

    Go cry some where else John

  • Jenny
    10 August 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Come on and just make it already. We have be waiting. Love the movies

  • Judy
    15 August 2015 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    I am a fan and would live to see this movie continue!

  • Trey
    18 August 2015 at 5:31 am - Reply

    when i think of this movie i always wonder why its not a thing on kickstarter also. it would take off in no time

  • Steve
    23 August 2015 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make part III ALREADY… People and fans will show up..

  • Shilo Sixx
    2 September 2015 at 6:19 am - Reply

    We have started an Indiegogo to fund the movie. Check it out. Maybe we will finally get it after all.

    • Josh Millican
      2 September 2015 at 11:22 am - Reply

      I’ll do a write up. Look for it on Friday!

      • Shilo Sixx
        3 September 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

        Fantastic, thank you. We need as many people as we can get to see the campaign on indiegogo.

  • Calvin. Campbell
    2 September 2015 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Hey, could you just tell me this. I understand that so far no one can afford to make the film Jeepers Creepers 3. but when I first heard about it I saw the trailer of the film JC 3 so I want to know how can there be a trailer of senses of the film if the film hasn’t be made yet?

    • Josh Millican
      2 September 2015 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      The trailer you’re talking about is a fan-made trailer, not official. In other words: Wishful Thinking!

  • Calvin. Campbell
    3 September 2015 at 4:56 am - Reply

    thank you for the reply

  • Uariv
    3 September 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

    How come they all make shitty slasher movies, Sharknado? Really? Or Rob Zombie Halloween.
    Most of the horror movies this days are low budget and somewhat of a comedy
    At least The Creeper was an original piece and a dam good one too.
    Come on bring on jeepers Creepers 3 and let’s call it a day…

    • Shilo Sixx
      3 September 2015 at 12:45 pm - Reply

      There is an option but only if the fans want it.

      There is an indiegogo campaign to get the movie made.

  • Lynn Bulgarelli
    6 September 2015 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    MGM you need to get yourself together and do this movie, people all over the world would love to see this movie, I have been waiting for this movie since the second one came out. Stop making the fans wait and do this movie. I am itching to see this already

  • Kendra
    6 September 2015 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Cooooooooome oooooooooon! Bring on JC3

  • Erin
    6 September 2015 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    All Hollywood cares about anymore are the gazillion dollar box office hauls. Yup I admit it, I gotten taken in by the fake trailer, then the click-baiting by searching for a release date. I am baffled aa to why this project cant get made. Sinister, Insidious, etc were not good films yet studious coughed up the dough to re-hash the same storyline in sequels yet JC3 is a wash. If thet dont want it, sell it to a studio who does…but theres always a chance of a Paranormal Activity financial windfall they dont want to lose. Either take the risk or go sell Avon door to do.

  • Haley
    7 September 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    I want jeepers creepers 3 NOW!!!!!!

  • Uariv
    11 September 2015 at 1:09 pm - Reply
  • Ashley Rich
    11 September 2015 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    I love Jeepers Creepers. I saw the first one when I was four or five and was scared out of my mind which is rare even back then. They really do need to produce the third one. I’m really looking forward to it.

  • Stuart Allen
    28 September 2015 at 5:25 am - Reply

    We should all boycott it it’s disgusting how they’ve treated fans over this film they don’t care some top sites on here have said that it will be released this fall ? Where do they get serious from jokers

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    9 October 2015 at 9:40 pm - Reply

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  • Stuart Allen
    4 December 2015 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    It’s kept fans interested all this talk I think now we will see this in theatres

  • Tina ellena
    28 February 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Please bring part 3. I have waited forever. Love the show. Have the other two. Come on people let’s move it along. Please

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