BC Union Blocks 'Jeepers Creepers 3' Casting over Director Victor Salva's Child Sex Conviction

BC Union Blocks 'Jeepers Creepers 3' Casting over Director Victor Salva's Child Sex Conviction
Horror fans might be excited at the prospect of a third film in the Jeepers Creepers series, but its production has hit a snag, and for good reason. The Union of British Columbia Performers has successfully blocked a casting call due to director Victor Salva's sordid past.

Best known for Powder and the Jeepers Creepers series, Salva's first feature was the late '80s horror film Clownhouse. While filming that movie, the director engaged in multiple sexual encounters with the film's 12-year-old male star, and even videotaped the encounters.

In 1988, he pleaded guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct, oral sex with a person under 14, and procuring a child for pornography, and was sentenced to three years in a state prison. He ended up serving 15 months, and completed his parole in 1992.

Deadline reports that a casting call was recently posted for Jeepers Creepers 3 on the popular casting site Breakdown Services. Producers were looking for a young actress to play Addison, an 18-year-old girl who went to live with her grandmother after her stepfather made "overtures" at her.

The BC union sent out a notice about the casting call:

It has recently come to our attention that a casting breakdown has gone out for a feature film entitled Jeepers Creepers III, and that the director of the film, Victor Salva, was convicted of sexual misconduct in 1988. The conviction allegedly resulted from misconduct involving a minor whom Mr. Salva was directing at the time. At this time we would like to remind our members and their agents that, under Article A2702 (Safety & Welfare of a Minor) of the BC Master Production Agreement, a performer has the right to refuse work if they believe that the nature of the work is unsafe.

After the notice was delivered, Breakdown Services removed the casting call from their site. "Upon learning of this notice and our own verification of the facts surrounding Salva's conviction, Breakdown Services has removed this project from its files," the company said. "All submissions made by any agent on this project are no longer available to the casting director nor any member of the production staff."