Excl: Spike Scream Awards Carpet, Event & After Party Coverage
Commenting on whether the film’s ‘Final Chapter’ moniker will be as ‘final’ as that other famous horror franchise which carried a similar tag (that’d be Friday the 13th), Dunstan stated, “We engineered this one to give closure to the series, and ‘that’s that.’ Patrick and I desperately wanted to answer the question of, ‘What happened to the doctor?’ And you are going to find out. I mean, this thing could be rebooted, and I’m sure it will be, because it’s that cool of an icon, but for now, ‘no,’ the storyline that was begun seven years is finished.”
Bringing up the in pre-production sequel to last year’s Dunstan co-written (with Melton) and directed The Collector, the filmmaker commented, “We are calling it The Collection, because since they’ve given us such a big budget, it’s not going to be anything like that first movie, and we wanted to dispel the pitfalls of other (franchises). We were painted into a corner with being in a house in the first one, and this time, it’s a wide-open terrain."
Scheduled to shoot January 2011 in Atlanta, GA, Dunstan expounded of the feature which he will direct, “I’ve never seen a production that’s been allotted this much creative freedom, and we’ve taken full advantage of it. It’s definitely horror, but we’ve taken samples from two distinct horror movies from long ago - thirty years ago - and the second you see the trailer for The Collection, you’ll be able to pick them out. There’s nothing been done like this stylistically since. With the first film we were honoring the opportunity which the Saw films gave us, and it was in that vein, but with this one? It’s kind of like Argento on steroids. I think we just scored the line producer from The Walking Dead, so let me tell you, our crew is going to be bad-ass!” (As planned, Dread will be on the set for this one, so stay tuned).
Commenting on he and Melton’s feature film script for The Outer Limits (which is set up at MGM), Dunstan enthused, “We just finished the script, which I love. We’ve done horror for years now, but this is our first effort in sci-fi, and it fucking turned out! I love it! So I can’t wait!”
Also in attendance for the Spike Scream Awards was horror director Tim Sullivan (stay tuned for exclusive announcements pertaining to a slew of his next projects), and Inception director Christopher Nolan, as were actors Ryan Reynolds (Buried, Green Lantern), Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Zombieland), Sigourney Weaver (Alien), Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd (honored for their turns in the Back to the Future franchise), Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev ("The Vampire Diaries"), Neve Campbell and David Arquette (the Scream series), Halle Berry and Don Cheadle, as were "True Blood" writer Alan Ball and that show’s stars Anna Paquin, Sam Trammell, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgard. Stars Rosario Dawson, Megan Fox, Anthony Hopkins, Mickey Rourke and Twilight’s Kristen Stewart rounded out the winners and presenters.