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Francis Ford Coppola to co-produce 'Jeepers Creepers 3'

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Gene Page

Francis Ford Coppola will co-produce Jeepers Creepers 3, it was announced today. The third entry in the horror franchise, about an ancient, homicidal creature known as “the Creeper,” is slated to start shooting in Vancouver early next year and will star series veterans Jonathan Breck as the Creeper and Brandon Smith as Sergeant Davis Tubbs.

According to the film’s official synopsis, Jeepers Creepers 3 “will show events on the last day of the Creeper’s 23-day feeding frenzy, as the skeptical Sgt. Tubbs teams up with a task force hellbent on destroying the Creeper for good.” Coppola, the revered director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, was also an executive producer on both 2001’s original Jeepers Creepers and its 2003 sequel.

Jeepers Creepers 3 will be written and directed by Victor Salva, who performed the same duties on the previous two films in the franchise.

Salva’s participation is likely to cause controversy. In the late ’80s, the director served 15 months in prison after he confessed to molesting a young boy who had acted in his 1989 film Clownhouse. Salva pleaded guilty to charges of lewd and lascivious conduct, oral copulation with a person under 14, and procuring a child for pornography. Salva’s victim subsequently picketed Salva’s 1995 film, Powder upon its theatrical release.

“I pled guilty to a terrible crime, and I’ve spent the rest of my life trying to make up for it,” Salva told the Los Angeles Times in 2006. “For almost 20 years, I’ve been involved with helping others, I’ve been in therapy, and I’ve made movies. But I paid my debt to society and apologized to the young man. And all I can hope is that people will give me a chance to redeem myself.”

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