Adam Green: Updates on Killer Pizza, Hatchet III, and Brand New Documentary - Digging Up The Marrow
One of the busiest dudes in the genre, director Adam Green, recently found some time to sit back and update his blog and in doing so gave updates on several high profile projects as well as the introduction of a new one! Read on for the details.
On the upcoming anthology Chillerama:
"What makes it so unique is that each segment is not only made by a different filmmaker, [Green himself, Adam Rifkin, Tim Sullivan, and Joe Lynch] but made in the style of a completely different time period and sub-genre," writes the director on his blog. "Even better, the whole film actually ties together as a complete story rather than just a bunch of short films thrown together. It’s 'film noir on acid' with a horror/comedy twist and it is a movie that we are all so very proud of. What started out as a side project for all of us ('yeah, sure- sounds fun, let’s do it at some point when our schedules mesh if that ever happens') became a two year production and an absolute labor of love. What I think you’ll love about it is that it is everybody (not just the writer/directors but also the cast, crew, etc) having FUN and it is one of those films where you can tell that not a single person involved was in it for the paycheck. It is pure, it is silly, and it is full of heart. Are there sex zombies, nazi frankensteins, giant sperm monsters, leather daddy werebears, demon semen attacks, and lots of scenes depicting genital mutilation? Yes. But it is one giant and very innocent love letter to EVERYTHING that came before us and I can guarantee that you’ve never seen anything else quite like it. My advice, leave your expectations at the door and go in knowing as little as possible. Just sit in your seat and raise a toast to the history of B-movie cinema."
On his upcoming family friendly horror comedy Killer Pizza:
"This is a big studio movie so unfortunately it isn’t like one of my independent productions where I can decide for myself how much information to spill and when I can spill it," says Green. "Here’s what I can say without overstepping my boundaries, the producers are in the process of closing their deal with the major studio they intend to make the movie with. Once that happens perhaps they’ll announce the news. My script is done but once we get things going with the studio there will inevitably be more suggestions, comments, and changes for me to address in rewrites as is the norm with these size projects. In fact, I’ll likely be making changes and tweaks right up through the film’s eventual production, so don’t expect to hear major news anytime soon and just trust that once I’m allowed to share information… I won’t forget to share it with you. In doing press for CHILLERAMA a big question has been 'Are you directing KILLER PIZZA?' My answer right now… 'I don’t know.' I would love to if given the chance and it has certainly been discussed- but let’s see how it all plays out. What I can say is that so far it has been a fantastic experience and over the past year I’ve gotten to work with a team of producers that I couldn’t respect or adore more. The process has been the kind you dream about as a writer. Best of all, once again I’ve found myself getting to meet and work closely with someone who was a childhood idol of mine… and once again they have lived up to every expectation I could have put upon them. Chris Columbus and his team at 1492 Films have treated me amazingly well and they are all truly class acts. All is well."
In terms of Hatchet III:
"HATCHET III will likely start production early next year- at least that is the first potential time period where it seems all of the players involved could actually be available do it. ArieScope and Dark Sky recently had our first serious 'let’s buckle down and get started ironing this out' call since the third installment was green-lit a few months ago and we’re all thrilled to be making the next chapter in the franchise." Green continues, "The reactions to HATCHET II have been astounding and we’re all so blown away by how well the film did- even with the travesty of the movie being so unceremoniously assassinated by the powers that be during its theatrical run. Point is, the second film was such a big success critically and financially and the Hatchet Army was so happy with it that we have a lot of pressure to deliver on Part 3 and we want to raise the bar yet again. So this isn’t something we can rush into doing. Also, even if I indeed choose not to be in the director’s chair this time- you can bet I’ll still be standing over it doing everything I can to help keep the ship on course. 'What’s the plot? Who’s in it? If you’re not directing it- who is?' Too soon to reveal that stuff even if I already have some of the answers. Point is, the soonest it’s going to start shooting would be early 2012- which is actually not that far away now. Right now the major players in the HATCHET universe are all occupied with other projects, especially myself. There is a collective heart and tight knit family behind HATCHET and we’re not going to create the next chapter until we’re all available and ready to play. Thankfully, our partner and distributor Dark Sky Films totally gets that and feels the same way about doing it right as opposed to just doing it fast. For those that think it’s taking too long to get started, keep in mind that I waited 5 years between the actual making of HATCHET and the making of HATCHET II. I need to be ready and I need time to focus on my other stories and projects. Thankfully so many of my fans understand and appreciate that between every HATCHET film I also need something like a SPIRAL, a GRACE, and a FROZEN to feel creatively complete."
And what of that brand new documentary?
"Now is as good a time as any to also drop the news that my good friend (and my favorite artist of all time) Alex Pardee and I are working together on a documentary about 'monster art' that we’ve already begun production on. We’ve been referring to the project as DIGGING UP THE MARROW- but don’t expect too many other details on it for a while. It’s a documentary so production is going to be spread out over a long time- but if you love genre based art and have often wondered what kind of reality an artist’s fantastical creature design comes from, I think you’ll find this project fascinating."
Finally, this last bit really has our attention ...
"In a few more weeks I’ll be able to spill the beans on something else I’ve been working on for years and years and years that finally started to come to fruition a few months ago. A project I have been working on all day and all night obsessively writing since March. For me it’s actually the most important of all of my 'children' as it is the project I’ve been tied to and working on the longest and therefore the one closest to my heart. I just need some legal I’s to be dotted and some contractual T’s to be crossed and then all will be revealed. My only hint is that it is something that is going to bring me back to my original comedy roots ... but I’m also bringing the horror with me."
Stay tuned for more on each of these projects as they come.
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