MORE LIVING DEAD SEQUELS?
While attending the FANGORIA Weekend of Horrors convention, actor-turned-filmmaker William Butler sat down with Fango to chat about his upcoming projects. ?Our new project that we?re about to do is called CIRCLE OF SIX, and it?s sort of my writing partner Aaron Strongoni?s and my homage to THE FOG, which we love; it?s an amazing film. It?s basically about a curse placed on this small town where these six witches come back to wreak havoc?to get vengeance for their wrongful deaths.?
Originally, Butler and Strongoni planned to follow up MADHOUSE with INK, about a backwoods tattoo artist whose skin art curses those who wear it. ?We were gonna do that one before we did CIRCLE OF SIX, but Lance Henriksen, who?s gonna be in the project [and appears in MADHOUSE], is doing ALIEN VS. PREDATOR, so of course we had to take a backseat to such an awesome film?and gladly, we?re huge fans. We happily deferred to that because we can?t wait to see the film ourselves. So we don?t really know who we?re gonna do it with yet; we have independent financing, but we haven?t found a company yet that we want to distribute it.?
As for MADHOUSE itself, ?We just locked the picture, we mixed it, it?s all done and Lions Gate is currently deciding whether or not it?s coming out during spring break or at Halloween. It turned out really good, I?m very happy with it. Jordan Ladd gives a fantastic performance, and it?s nice to see Joshua Leonard in a leading role, which he hasn?t done before. He really carries the film and did a fantastic job.?
Finally, Butler reports that the pair of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD sequels he and Strongoni wrote (and which we first reported on here) are getting closer to becoming a reality. ?Finally, after 20,000 false starts and dead ends, Steve Scarduzio is gonna be producing RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 4 and 5,? says Butler. ?The first one is called NECROPOLIS, and it?s about kids breaking into an experimental mutation lab?skateboard punks with shotguns?and it?s like a living PlayStation game. It?s awesome; it has the same vibe as the first one. Part five is called RAVE FROM THE GRAVE, where these kids realize that if you take Trioxin in very small doses you can have a life-after-death experience. So it becomes like a big rave drug.?
Tobe Hooper was originally announced as director of the duo, and Butler adds, ?I know he?s talking to them, and they?re also talking to Stuart Gordon, so it all depends on their schedules?who?s available and where they?re gonna film it. They?re talking about either shooting it outside the country or shooting it in LA, and that has a big effect on who?s gonna be the director. So I?m really stoked about that.?
Courtesy of Fangoria