Red Sands Not A Direct SequelGoon
Red Sands will be coming out on DVD from Sony Home Entertainment next month and writer Simon Barrett set out to clear some things up. B-D sat down with the man to discuss the idea that Red Sands is some kind of direct sequel to the fantastic film, Dead Birds.
"RED SANDS is not really a sequel. It has an ostensibly different supernatural mythology than DEAD BIRDS. However, RED SANDS and DEAD BIRDS are both scripts that I conceived as being similar, both thematically and in other ways," he continues. "For one thing, they're both obviously period horror stories dealing with conflicts in our country's history. DEAD BIRDS was set during the Civil War and used the institution of slavery for some of its horror stuff, and RED SANDS obviously is set in the time shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks, when a lot of people were criticizing our military response. I've always thought it's interesting to set a horror story in a time and place where people are already on edge."
When asked about the possible trilogy he revealed that his agent wants him to take it into the future. But thats not what his plan is to do with the film. If he gets the opportunity to make the next film he revealed what his plan would be.
"It would be set in 1586, right when this country was first being settled by the British, and is much more of a horror-action thing, with a lot of disease horror and mutation elements. But because that script has more action and gore than DEAD BIRDS or RED SANDS – like, on a zombie apocalypse movie scale - it’s more difficult to get financed. It would be a significantly larger film; we’d need about ten times the budget of RED SANDS to film this one. And getting the money to shoot RED SANDS wasn’t exactly easy."