So, it should come as no surprise that there’s some backlash for the upcoming film – given the director’s disturbing past.
A new report from HorrorFreakNews takes it a step further, saying the producers of the movie intentionally sabotaged the film’s premiere:
Having worked with the coordinator of the September 13th event, I was privy to information that has been previously unreported. Even before the advanced screening was canceled, JC3 producers were actively working to undermine the event. They forbade the organizer from promoting the event as the “World Premiere” as they didn’t want it to distract from the September 26th nationwide event—a strange request, as excitement from the 9/13 event would have increased anticipation for the AMC/Cinemark screenings. But it turns out, this is only one example of the film’s producers actively working against its best interests—and hardly the most profound.
Another source close to the production has confirmed that a deep feud now exists between writer/director Victor Salva and the film’s financiers. Things have gotten so acrimonious, initial reports claimed producers passed on a worldwide distribution deal with Lionsgate in favor of the one-night-screening event. While the Lionsgate deal would have pushed the film’s release back to March 2018, it would have ensured greater financial returns—even with the ongoing controversy surrounding the movie.
I’m sure fans of the franchise will still watch the film regardless of what the director did, but the movie is undoubtedly off to a rough start.