When we “>last reported that Andrew van den Houten, producer of “>The Girl Next Door and director of “>Headspace, was set to start filming Jack Ketchum’s Offspring, there was always a niggling worry that we had gotten our facts wrong, since it just didn’t seem right to film the sequel to Off Season first. But we’ve spoken with van den Houten since, and he confirmed that they will indeed be shooting Offspring due to rights issues with Off Season. Best of all, they have Jack Ketchum’s blessing, which should come as no surprise since the book’s author is penning the screenplay himself!
According to van den Houten, they plan on addressing the events of Off Season early on in the film but are confident that Offspring can stand on its own without a lot of back story.
In casting news, Art Hindle (The Brood, Invasion of the Body Snatchers) will play George Peters and Pollyanna McIntosh (Headspace) will take on the role of “The Woman”, the matriarch of the cannibal clan. Anthony Pepe (“>Satan’s Little Helper) will be handling special makeup effects with William M. Miller (The Girl Next Door, Home Movie) on board as cinematographer.
So there you have it, folks. Jack Ketchum’s infamous cannibal clan will finally be adapted to the screen, just not in a way any of us could have anticipated. Andrew van den Houten assures us that all the nastiness will be kept intact, including the “cow” milking!
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