Jeepers Creepers 3 is currently in post-production but the film, targeting a Labor Day Weekend release, is much different than what was originally imagined. An early synopsis suggested the 3rd Chapter in the wildly successful franchise launched in 2001 would feature Gina Philips reprising her role as Trish to battle The Creeper (Jonathan Breck) during his next feeding cycle (in other words, 23 years after the events of the first Jeepers Creepers). This is not what was filmed.
While Philips will appear in Jeepers Creepers 3, her role is being described as a cameo. Fans disappointed that she won’t be the star may find solace in the fact that writer/director Victor Salva has written extensively on what Trish has been up to over the past 15 years, and what the future hold for her—we’ll just have to wait for the next sequel to see it.
[For a summary of Salva’s criminal past and why many horror fans are choosing to boycott Jeepers Creepers 3, follow the link at the bottom of the article.]
Philips recently gave an extensive interview with Diabolique Magazine where she discussed Trish’s role in Jeepers Creepers 3, and what the future holds for her.
“The director, Victor… I don’t know how much I’m supposed to say… [Gina pauses again to choose her words correctly]… what happens in-between films had already been written. He gave me that to read. He made it very easy. I read it once and said, ‘Great, I’ve got it, I’ve got no more work to do’. Between my own personal experience, how much the character is in me and what he gave me…”
So is she saying that Salva gave her information about what happened to Trish in-between the first and third movies?”
“No, the plan is for this stuff to go to screen in the next Jeepers Creepers movie,” clarifies Philips. “Victor has written what happens from the second after the conclusion of Jeepers Creepers 3. I think that’s all I’m allowed to say about it but he wrote in such detail and he had a lot of flashbacks to what happened over the years that it made it very easy for me. I got to see what will eventually happen to the character and he put enough flashbacks in there that I got to see what happened to her over the last 15 years. Let’s just say, there’s more to come.”
I highly recommend reading the interview in its entirety, HERE.
Here’s what we know about Jeepers Creepers 3 at this point:
Official Synopsis: Taking place on the last day of the Creeper’s twenty-three-day feeding frenzy, as the skeptical Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hellbent on destroying the Creeper for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as its enemies grow closer than ever before to learning the secret of its dark origins.
The film features Meg Foster and Jonathan Breck.