Strong DVD sales prompt follow-up to "Hatchet 2"

With Adam Green’s controversial horror pic “Hatchet 2″ posting strong sales on DVD, Dark Sky Films has greenlit production on “Hatchet 3.”

Genre film will be produced by Green’s ArieScope Pictures and Dark Sky, which is a subsidiary of indie producer-distrib MPI Media Group. ArieScope’s Cory Neal will serve as a producer along with Green and Sarah Elbert.

Third installment will continue the horrific saga of Victory Crowley, known as the “Bayou Butcher,” and pick up where “Hatchet 2″ left off, with a young woman (Danielle Harris) getting revenge on the malevolent monster who killed her friends while they vacationed in Louisiana swamp country.

Cast and other details of the production, including its director, are expected shortly.

“For a little indie movie that I dreamt up when I was just eight years old, it has been absolutely surreal to watch it turn into a modern-day slasher franchise,” said Green, who had already worked out a possible storyline for “Hatchet 3″ before he started shooting “Hatchet 2,” the first unrated indie horror film to be exhibited by a major chain in 25 years when it opened last fall in AMC Theatres across the country.

While Green expressed trepidation about the possibility of handing the franchise to another filmmaker, he expects to be “more involved” than the typical producer, and promises “we’ll never run out of creative ways for Victor Crowley to kill people.”

“It has been our intention from the beginning to continue building the ‘Hatchet’ franchise,” said Greg Newman, EVP of Dark Sky. “Adam Green has created a horror icon in Victor Crowley, and we’re pleased that Crowley will live on in future installments of the franchise.”

ArieScope previously produced Green’s “Frozen” and “Spiral,” while Dark Sky recently released Ti West’s horror throwback “The House of the Devil.”

Green is repped by APA and Industry Entertainment.

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