Strong "Hatchet II" DVD and Blu-ray sales have resurrected supernatural killer Victor Crowley for another sequel.
ArieScope Pictures and Dark Sky Films are spearheading "Hatchet 3," with writer-director Adam Green exiting the director's chair to serve as a producer, according to Variety.
"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.
"Hatchet II" enjoyed a brief run as the widest release of an unrated genre film in more than 25 years when AMC Theatres premiered it Oct. 1, 2010 after Green clashed with the MPAA over the film's generous gore.
Continuing the story of Marybeth (Danielle Harris, "Halloween"), "Hatchet II" followes her escape from the clutches of Crowley (Kane Hodder, "Friday the 13th") and her desperate quest to end his reign of terror in the Louisiana Bayou.
Having already worked out a storyline for "Hatchet 3" before he lensed "Hatchet II," Green intends to be "more involved" than a typical producer, and he promises to "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, executive vice president of Dark Sky Films. "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."
Cory Neal and Sarah Elbert will also serve as producers on "Hatchet 3."
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