Exclusive: Offspring Before Off Season Confirmed!

Jack Ketchum's Off SeasonWhen 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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  • Caterpillar

    It’ll definitely work as a stand-alone film. I already suspected that it was rights issues that were keeping them from doing OFF SEASON since there were rumors of an adaptation a few months ago and that project apparently lost its funding. The problem being that whoever wanted to make OFF SEASON probably still owns the “option” on it for another year or so and if they wanted to pull the trigger on a Ketchum backwoods cannibal flick without a long wait (during which their funding may have fallen through or the production otherwise collapsed) OFFSPRING was the way to go. Hell, if OFFSPRING does well for them there’s no reason not to do OFF SEASON as a prequel. I’m very pleased with the two Ketchum adaptations I have seen so far and eagerly looking forward to RED, despite its troubled production history. The more Ketchum based movies, the better, at least if they keep getting made by dedicated, faithful and most importantly talented people. Who knows, maybe we’ll get to see Stuart Gordon’s LADIES’ NIGHT too, sometime.

  • Johnny Butane

    Oh yeah, they both work well enough on their own. Granted Off Season had the barbeque scene, which I’ll miss seeing realized, there’s plenty in Offspring to kick ass.

  • MagusMaleficus

    Considering I read Offspring first (at the time, I was only vaguely aware of Ketchum’s work), and it stood on its own quite well… Yeah, I’d say this film could work.