Jeepers Creepers Franchise heroine Gina Philips recently joined Diabolique Magazine for an interview where the actress shared some big revelations.
First, Gina Philips confirmed that she’s NOT the star of Jeepers Creepers 3. She also shared news that Jeepers Creepers 4 is still in the cards (both 3 and 4 were originally planned to shoot back to back). Finally, she reveals she did NOT turn down a role in Jeepers Creepers 2!
Philips revealed during her interview with Diabolique her role in Jeepers Creepers 3 is pretty small. Early rumors billed her as the star and central to the film’s primary storyline.
“This is actually not my movie,” Philips revealed. “It doesn’t have a lot to do with Trish (Philips’ character in the JEEPERS CREEPERS franchise).” Philips then delved into her actual role in the film. Philips confirmed her role in JEEPERS CREEPERS 3 to be that of a “a mother” who has “been through a lot.” Although that’s not much of a surprise, things did get a little confusing in light of the recent Stan Shaw tweet. Philips is said to play the mother of a son who she fears will suffer the same fate as her late brother, Darry. While she remained mum on the plot, she did reveal she’s “in [JEEPERS CREEPERS 3] in order to launch what happens next.
Gina Philips then continued on to confirm there is a script for Jeepers Creepers 4 (which, presumably, may or may not go into production depending on the box office success of Jeepers Creepers 3).
“Victor [Salva (franchise creator)] has written what happens from the second after the conclusion of JEEPERS CREEPERS 3.” Philips then added, “I think that’s all I’m allowed to say on it.” However, she continued to tease that the fourth installment script does in fact feature “a lot of flashbacks” in-turn letting the film reveal what happened to Philips’ “Trish Jenner” over the last 15 years of the franchise’s timeline.
Finally, as to whether or not Philips refused to star in Jeepers Creepers 2, here’s the skinny: SHE DIDN’T!
Philips revealed during the interview she had a role in the film, but “[the studio] didn’t think it was scary enough. So Victor [Salva, writer-director] [rewrote Jeepers Creepers 2 making it have] nothing to do with me. I didn’t turn it down… [pause]… I’m glad you asked because it’s something I’ve always wanted to clear up. Every time I see that written I think, ‘No, I didn’t turn it down!’”
Jeepers Creepers 3 stars Gina Philips alongside Stan Shaw (Monster Squad), Jonathan Breck reprising his role as the the Creeper, Meg Foster (They Live), Chester Rushing (“Stranger Things“), Ryan Moore (Pitchfork), Patrick Thomas Cragin (“How to Be a Vampire”), Brandon Smith (“From Dusk Till Dawn”), Gabrielle Haugh (Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?), and Justin Hall (Django Unchained). Michael Papajohn, Megan Elizabeth Wright, Jason Bayle, Cade Burk, Joyce Giraud, and Jordan Salloum, Don Yesso, David Davis, Brandon Stacy, Casey Hendershot, Thomas Francis Murphy, and Carrie Lazar also having roles in the production.
As of this publication, Jeepers Creepers 3 hasn’t a confirmed plot or release date. But, in the words of Gina Philips, “There’s more to come.”
Jeepers Creepers 3 is expected to release later this year, possibly as soon as Labor Day weekend.