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Todd Farmer Details My Bloody Valentine 3D Sequel That Never Was

March 21, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
My Bloody Valentine 3D

In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, writer Todd Farmer spoke about his plans for a sequel to the 2009 horror hit My Bloody Valentine 3D, which never materialized. The fact a sequel never happened is surprising, as it managed to pull in $100 million worldwide from a $14 million budget. Here are highlights:

On pitching the sequel: “We went in and pitched this probably two weeks before the movie came out. We went in to Lionsgate and pitched to [Lionsgate Senior Vice President of Production John] Sacchi and [Lionsgate President Michael] Paseornek. Paseornek was familiar with the guys who did the original film, and so he was sort of a spearhead to get [the remake] made. And so, we went in and pitched them, and they loved it. Then the movie came out, and we were with a bunch of Lionsgate guys the night the movie came out, and they were nervous. They’d had kind of a bad run, and they had put everything into the marketing on [this film]. And the marketing was great for it. It opened great, it opened strong. I remember that Friday night one of the execs with us, all smiles, said something along the lines of ‘This is great, I have a job Monday’. So we kinda thought everything was gold. I, to this day, couldn’t tell you why it didn’t happen. There’s speculation. I heard that Lionsgate didn’t expect for there to be two, so they never cut a deal for there to be a second one. I also heard that [Co-Chief Operating Officer Joe Drake], who was running Lionsgate at the time … never liked the idea of the horror genre anyway, so they wound up doing a bunch of big budget romantic comedies and stuff instead. And every couple of years – or, there for a while, it was every year – we would reach out to the execs and say ‘We could still do it again!”. They were always enthusiastic, but just never pulled the trigger. Here we are, many moons later.”

On why it wasn’t made: “They never declined to make it. The movie came out and did well, so Patrick and I were taking meeting after meeting after meeting because we had a big movie and we were suddenly the ‘It’ team, and everybody was interested in 3D. Although we kept getting this feeling that people thought it was a fluke. ‘Oh, you guys were successful because it was 3D.’ Meanwhile, the same people were setting up their genre departments to go out and make a 3D movie. When it’s all said and done, everybody went out and started making 3D movies, but we never did. Two or three weeks after the release, nobody was returning our calls at Lionsgate. So we never really knew what the deal was. There was some speculation that Lionsgate didn’t think [the first movie] would be a success … so they never thought to lock in the rights to a sequel. That was one of the things. And the other was that [Joe Drake] just didn’t like the movie, and didn’t like the genre. It was probably between those two things. There may have been another reason, I don’t know. But over the years, any time we’d go back and talk to the executives that were on it, they all wanted to make another one. It just never went above them.”

On other projects he’s worked on since that never came to light: “But, y’know, as I’ve said before: I alone, and together with Patrick, have pitched and written scripts for just about every franchise. The list just goes on and on. The Fly, Amityville, The Thing, The Exorcist. It’s the sort of thing where you do massive amounts of work with an entire story that’s fully blocked and thought out, and they just don’t happen. And you don’t get paid for that stuff some of the time. I mean, we did three massive drafts of Hellraiser. Huge, completely different. Now we got paid for that, but the movie just never got made.”