THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN Screenwriter Talks Sequel Rumors and the Mythology of “The Fathers”
I had the pleasure of meeting many of you at our free “Last Chance” screening of The Prodigy last Friday. I also had the honor of moderating a Q&A with The Prodigy director Nicholas McCarthy and screenwriter Jeff Buhler; you can check out the video from our live stream, HERE.
While our time was limited, and The Prodigy was the focus of our conversations, I would have loved the opportunity to talk to Buhler at length about his past and future projects. He’s the scribe behind the most recent adaptation of Pet Sematary and the upcoming reboot of The Grudge. He’s also the one who adapted Clive Barker’s Midnight Meat Train, released in 2008.
Most agree that The Midnight Meat Train is a vastly underrated creeper with an iconic villain in the form of Mahogany (played by Vinnie Jones). And while I didn’t get to ask Buhler about the long-swirling rumors of a sequel, our friends at ComicBook.com did just that in an interview published the same day as our screening. Here’s what he told them about Midnight Meat Train Part 2:
“I have not had direct conversations about Midnight Meat Train, although I love that world,” Buhler revealed to ComicBook.com. “And I think we never really got a good dose of what the fathers were all about, the way it ends in the film with the train conductor explaining the world of the fathers doesn’t get all the way into the mythology in the story, with the fathers and the maker and the history of this society under New York City, and how important it is to keeping the ecosystem of New York City healthy. The symbiotic relationship that these monsters have with the city itself.”
In other words, the world established in The Midnight Meat Train is ripe for expansion–just don’t hold your breath! If you’ve never seen Midnight Meat Train (directed by Ryûhei Kitamura), check out the synopsis and trailer below.
A photographer’s obsessive pursuit of dark subject matter leads him into the path of a serial killer who stalks late-night commuters, ultimately butchering them in the most gruesome ways imaginable.