After a third film that was panned by critics, a box office flop, and the focus of a scandal stemming from writer and director Victor Salva’s 1980s conviction for child abuse, the Jeepers Creepers franchise seemed to be dead (via Decider). But, like the monster it was named for, it was only dormant.
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is in the works, according to Variety, with a new creative team at the lead. Sean Michael Argo, a renowned B-movie writer, and director will write and direct the picture, which will be directed by Timo Vuorensola, who is best known for the dark sci-fi comedy Iron Sky and its sequel (one of the post-apocalyptic hidden treasures you must see on Netflix).
In the first film, The Creeper (Jonathan Breck) was established as a humanoid creature that lives in the American South and rises every 23 years to collect body parts. After being gravely harmed, the Creeper resumed its hibernation after the end of the first trilogy’s plot. It’s unknown how strictly the next picture will adhere to the previous films’ continuity, but Jeepers Creepers seems promising. According to Variety, this fourth chapter will be the first in a new trilogy of films.
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn Release Date
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn was shot in Louisiana in December and January of this year, according to Variety. Although no official release date has been confirmed, the film is expected to hit theatres in the fall of 2022.
A horror film’s fall release date instantly conjures up images of a Halloween-themed premiere. Jeepers Creepers, on the other hand, isn’t always associated with the year’s official creepiest day. The beast arrives in the spring, according to Creeper tradition. In addition, all of the previous films in the franchise were released in late August or September. For the first episode of this new trilogy, they may mix things up, but a release between the intense summer blockbuster season and the horror movie avalanche in October may also make sense for this next installment.
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn does not have a cast yet
Despite the fact that Jeepers Creepers: Reborn looks to have wrapped production and most probably will be released this year, the film’s official cast list is yet to be revealed. As a consequence, predicting who will appear in this edition is tough. The performers in the previous three films were mostly unforgettable, with Justin Long being the franchise’s most well-known star to date. The fourth film’s cast will most likely be made up of unknowns as well.
One of the major questions surrounding the cast of Jeepers Creepers: Reborn is whether Jonathan Breck will resume his role as the Creeper, who is nearly unrecognizable without his monster makeup. The Creeper, more than any of the humans, is the most unforgettable character from the original trilogy. Breck’s harrowing physical performance has become a trademark of the franchise, and he is the only character to appear in all three installments.
When speculations of a fourth episode began to circulate in the summer of 2020, horror fansite iHorror inquired with Breck’s agency regarding his prospective participation in the forthcoming film. According to what his representative informed them, “Really, there isn’t much to say… We have not communicated with anyone. However, this does not imply that nothing is being done.”
Jeepers Creepers: Reborn may reveal fresh details about the Creeper mythos
We learned a lot about the narrative of Jeepers Creepers: Reborn due to Variety’s coverage. The action will once again take place in the deep south, this time in Louisiana, according to the film’s description. The film will also be presented at the HorrorHound Festival, which “attracts hundreds of geeks, freaks, and die-hard horror lovers from all around the world.” The Creeper’s post-hibernation feast seemed to be at the perfect spot.
Laine, the heroine of this film, is invited to the festival by her horror-obsessed boyfriend, Chase. She begins to experience frightening visions that presage the arrival of the Creeper there. The use of foreshadowing in the series isn’t new. Minxie (Nicki Aycox) was a character in Jeepers Creepers 2 who had prophetic visions of the Creeper’s previous victims to warn her about the beast. This aspect of the series’ mythos hasn’t been fully addressed in prior films, so it’ll be fascinating to see how Laine’s visions are presented.
According to sources, the Creeper’s history, as well as the Louisiana town itself, would be shown in these visions. Will Jeepers Creepers: Reborn go any more into the franchise’s backstory?
For that, we would have to wait until the release date is announced.