Did you know there was going to be a Wicker Man sequel? No really, apparently it was all set to start shooting and everything. Even had Christopher Lee back to reprise his role. But alas international friends. The Wicker Man sequel is not to be. The good folks over at Moviehole give us this:
producers had cancelled the shoot due to last minute difficulties with finance. Councillor Gill Dykes described the news as “bitterly disappointing”, adding that around 90 crew and cast had already booked into local accommodation for the four-week shoot. The film was set to star Christopher Lee, Joan Collins and Paul Wesley. In it, young Christians Beth and Steve, a gospel singer and her cowboy boyfriend, leave Texas to preach door-to-door in Scotland . When, after initial abuse, they are welcomed with joy and elation to Tressock, the border fiefdom of Sir Lachlan Morrison, they assume their hosts simply want to hear more about Jesus. Not so.
All I can say is THANK GOODNESS. This sounds like it was going to be worse than the original. Yes that right… I said the original was awful, and it was. One of the most boring, overrated, predictable, pompus snore-fests I’ve ever seen. How this film ever reached any sort of “classic” status amongst some film fans will always be beyond me (although as I always say, that’s the most beautiful thing about film, the pure subjectivity of it).
This Wicker Man sequel sounds like it was just boing to be a sad self rip off of the original which wasn’t any good to begin with. I’m glad it’s not getting made… Christopher Lee deserves better.