Lou Diamond Phillips says that Young Guns III is in the works with Emilio Estevez and John Fusco writing the script!
For years, there has been the rumor that a third film in the ‘Young Guns‘ franchise would be made. The original was released in 1988 with a sequel in 1990. Although both films were not a hit with critics, they both went on to make money. ‘Young Guns‘ grossed $56million on an $11million budget. ‘Young Guns II‘ made $59million on a $20million budget. Although it appeared that all the main characters died at the end of the second film, a third remained on the table. And things have just gotten interesting again.
Actor Lou Diamond Phillips has confirmed he received a call from star Emilio Estevez regarding a third movie. Phillips played Chavez Y Chavez in the two previous films. His character was depicted (off-screen and by interpretation) of dying towards the end of the second film. The famed ‘Spirit Horse’ coming for him to take him to the afterlife. But here is what the actor had to say during an interview with Forbes:
“I got that phone call a year ago. I know that Emilio has been working on it, and what’s even more encouraging is that John Fusco, the creator of the first two movies, is working on it with him. There’s just enough ambiguity about Chavez’s death that means he might have survived just like Billy the Kid did.”
John Fusco wrote both the previous films and hearing that both he and Emilio Estevez were behind a third film gives hope to fans. However, the last film was released thirty-one years ago. And co-star Kiefer Sutherland’s character was 100% killed off. The same goes for the character of ‘Crazy Dave’ played by Christian Slater. But with the storyline of the second film casting doubt that Billy The Kid died at the hands of Pat Garrett, things could continue.
FACT OR FICTION?
The films are completely historically inaccurate but then again, so are a lot of films like this. The kicker is the second film, depicting ‘Brushy’ Bill Roberts and his claim of being Billy The Kid WAS based on truth. It is in the history books. There is always that angle that can be used for a third film. Estevez and Phillips could return. And from what has been said, it is a question of when not if a third film will hit theatres. And I for one would love to saddle up and ride along with The Kid one more time.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!