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Exclusive: Ketchum’s Offspring to Roll Soon!

Offspring rolling soon!Our man Evil Andy is busting his ass at Fantasia right now. However, he did take a brief moment to drop us a line about the forthcoming adaptation of Jack Ketchum’s Offspring (review).

Set to start shooting in three weeks, Offspring will be produced and possibly directed by “>Headspace (review) director Andrew van den Houten. This guy is no stranger to Jack’s book-to-screen happenings as he also served as producer on “>The Girl Next Door (review). This may not seem like a whole lot of information right now, but I promise we’ll have much more to talk about very VERY soon regarding Offspring.

Offspring, the sequel to Off Season, pits a remaining group of survivors against a clan of cannibals in rural Maine. For more on our coverage of Fantasia “>click here.

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  • Caterpillar

    OFFSPRING isn’t much of a sequel. In fact, the book was written as a sort of remake of OFF SEASON because Ketchum felt that maybe his story would be more appreciated and understood the second time around. Of course he was wrong… OFFSPRING can easily stand on its own, even if they slavishly film the book without any changes. The fact that the only recurring character mentions similar events in the past is a standard plot device for these kinds of films. It’s still pretty weird that they’re making OFFSPRING instead of OFF SEASON, since personally I consider OFF SEASON the better and more cinematic story. The opening siege on the house by the cannibals could be nerve-wrecking in the hands of a capeable director and the same goes for the extended chase that’s the book’s final third. Well, maybe OFF SEASON has been optioned by someone else and the folks making OFFSPRING don’t want to sit and wait until it either gets made or comes up for option again.

    • Johnny Butane

      Update is here!

  • Johnny Butane

    Hopefully we’ll find out the answers to all these questions soon…

  • Chainsaw

    So, can we count Wrong Turn as the de facto Off Season, then? 😀

  • Sirand

    Why make the sequel first? And Off Season has been ripped off so much, why even make that?

  • Kryten Syxx

    I’m thinking Offspring will include a very truncated version of Off Season in the beginning … or skip it all together.

  • Chainsaw

    So, wait, has Off Season been made yet? How do you roll on a movie sequel when the first one hasn’t been released yet?