The highly anticipated new installment of The Collector franchise is dead, Dread Central reports. Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton have now revealed that The Collected has been abandoned after filing only eight days before Covid-19 brought production to a halt. And get this, according to the filmmaker the producers have been dodging their phone calls, which is pretty shitty.
Dunstan tells The Thing With Two Heads podcast: “Well, we shot for eight days, and then it was shut down. I invested in this thing, I’d like to know what’s happening. We stopped hearing from anybody with the production. I know most of the props I brought there have been stolen. I would think that anybody else who invested in this movie that thinks that it’s happening, wouldn’t like to know what’s happening? .. All calls and emails have gone unanswered. When you can’t get anyone on the phone and you don’t hear anything, at this point, I’m really p*ssed off.“ And boy, does he have a right to be angry.
Melton adds: “We actually stopped shooting in 2019. That was two years ago, and we only shot eight days, so [there’s only been] very, very little shot. Anything that’s been released has been from that time period, and there are no plans to start shooting it. We haven’t talked to anyone who was in the production… we’d love to finish it, but, I don’t know. We’re not the producers, so we don’t know.”
Dunstan adds: “It was all avoidable, completely avoidable, that’s what drives me nuts. I didn’t invest ten years getting this opportunity, facilitating it, getting it together, pre-writing three different versions of this thing, just to be ignored. That wasn’t my goal. And I’m assuming that people who invested capital in this thing are probably wondering, ‘Hey, where’s our movie?’ Unfortunately, we gotta wait ’til Thor’s honesty hammer comes down and smacks them right.”
Dunstan and Melton co-wrote The Collected, which followed the events of The Collector and The Collection. Series stars Josh Stewart and also Emma Fitzpatrick were set to reprise their roles. Tom Atkins (Halloween III) would have also starred along with Randy Havens (Godzilla: King of the Monsters), Dot-Marie Jones (3 From Hell), and Navi Rawat (Feast).