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By James Whittington, Wednesday 11th August 2010
Adam Green is one of the most celebrated directors of recent times. His movies Hatchet, Spiral and Frozen (in UK cinemas September 24th) have had movie goers salivating for more and critics clambering over themselves to heap praise on them. With Hatchet II getting its world premiere at FrightFest 2010 we decided to chat to this talented guy and in this, the second part of a two part interview, Adam discusses why he's brought Hatchet II to FrightFest, his work with fellow director Joe Lynch and his plans for the future.
HC: Was it important to you to premiere Hatchet II at FrightFest?
AG: It was so important to me that it was brought up before I signed my contract to direct the movie. Hatchet and "Victor Crowley" were sort of born in Leicester Square at FrightFest back in 2006. It was the screening that changed the game and began the movie's climb to what it is today. It's no secret that FrightFest is my favourite of all of the film festivals as I attend every year whether I have a film playing or not. I'm very loyal to the people who do right by me and to my fans. If "Victor Crowley" is going to return to the big screen again, there was no way his first stop wasn't going to be Leicester Square. The premiere is going to be a very emotional homecoming for me in many ways. I came to FrightFest a poor kid who nobody knew with a slasher movie under his arm. Now I'm coming back a few years later with a big name for myself within the genre, several well respected and financially successful movies, my own successful production company, awards, fame, a career, and a FRANCHISE that was all spawned by their enthusiasm. Anyone who thinks this is just anther premiere is wrong. It's going to take everything in me to not cry while introducing or watching the movie.
HC: The Road To Frightfest series of short movies which you and director Joe Lynch have brought to the event the last couple of years have gained a huge following. Will there be anymore?
AG: We have a new "season" planned for this year which should keep the FrightFesters pretty well entertained throughout the course of the festival, however there is serious talk between Joe and I about making this the final "season". While the shorts may be cheap and easy enough to make, finding the time is not so easy. This year especially we had to kill ourselves to get them done. Even now I'm working on Hatchet II post production for 16 hours a day and then coming home and editing The Road To FrightfFest at night. It was almost impossible for Joe and I to even find a weekend to shoot them where we could both be there because our schedules were so, so f****d this year. In fact, had it not worked out for us on the weekend that we shot (in May) - there wouldn't be a Road To Frightfest this year at all. It was literally the only weekend that we both had free. As much as we love doing them and as appreciated as we know they are, unfortunately it can be a huge conflict with our "real" projects because we put so much into them. I wrote this years while on the plane to Sundance and during breaks from press when I was there for Frozen. We shot them while I was editing Hatchet II and Joe was in prep on Knights Of Badassdom. It's not easy. Who knows? Maybe next year a better opportunity will present itself? Maybe we'll try not to make them but miss it so much that we'll do it anyway? Maybe we'll surprise everyone with just one special episode in a few years? I can't say for sure.
HC: Will there be a Hatchet III?
AG: I think it's a safe bet for sure. For me personally, I feel like I left all of the fight I had in me in the ring with Hatchet II and that I've done what I set out to do with Victor Crowley. Perhaps I will indeed pass the torch for Hatchet III and hand pick the right writer and director to carry on what I started but I don't know for sure. All I can say is that I hope to always be involved and giving it my blessing in some way because I don't want to see it go the way of the 80's slasher sequels where they just got worse and worse and more phoned-in with each installment. I mean, we have a franchise here and I hope it's treated with great respect, always. I should also point out that after Hatchet 1 came out I didn't want to direct Hatchet II... and now here I am, so who knows? Maybe if they wait a few years to do Hatchet III I'll be itching to come back again? Maybe they'll just let it end with II? You never know.
HC: So what projects are you working on at the moment?
AG: Several, but the one I’m most excited about (and the one that I can freely discuss since it is now public) is a horror/adventure movie called Killer Pizza (based on the children's book) which I am making with Chris Columbus' 1492 Films. I'm writing it now. It's like a Goonies / Monster Squad / Lost Boys type of movie and I couldn't possibly be more excited for it. I was very picky (some may say too picky) in the studio level jobs that were available for me to try for and I passed on a lot of projects waiting for the right one. My reps and agents were very frustrated that I would turn down big pay days to instead make my own smaller budget films, but I knew what I was doing and I know how hard it is to make a studio film when you are being f****d with from all sides and at every turn. So I waited and bided my time until I found something that I truly believed in with all of my heart and producers whom anyone would be so lucky to work with. It's a dream come true and it's exactly the sort of movie I always hoped to be making. Because it's a studio film, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for news of the release, etc if I were you. These things take a lot of time and move really slow. But know that I'm on the case and dreaming big. When there's concrete news to share, I'll be screaming from the rooftops, I'm sure. I mean, I'm working with Chris Columbus! How f*****g cool is that?
HC: Adam Green, thank you very much.
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