So, Mommy and Daddy are fighting and that likely means that we'll have to wait a while longer for The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence, which vows to be not even close to 100% medically accurate. In a surprise series of tweets this morning (via Slashfilm) director Tom Six didn't mince words as to how he feels about the star of the original Human Centipede, Dieter Laser, who was supposed to have returned for the third and final film of the trilogy, reportedly to feature a 500+ person human centipede (and wouldn't you love to be on the casting call for extras on that film):
BREAKING NEWS: MY COMPANY WILL SUE ACTOR DIETER LASER!!! WORDWIDE PRESS RELEASE WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY
An actor who demands his own script changes which I as the THC creator didnt like. It was his way or the highway after he signed a contract!
To which his sister and producer on the films later clarified (via bestmovienewsever.com):
Because of the success of The Human Centipede, it seems that Mr Dieter Laser’s ego has grown to laughably big proportions. First signing the contract and rating the THC3 script as fantastic ,and then demanding his own unacceptable script changes, and now refusing to play the part only seven weeks prior to shooting. Six Entertainment Company will start legal action against Dieter Laser. Tom Six says not to worry – principal photography will be postponed and will take place later this year.
And, well, because I just love using our quote button, here's Laser's reaction to the news that he's about to get sued, again via bestmovienewsever:
It’s very simple: I loved the story when it was told, got the contract and the promise to have the script in 4 to 6 weeks. When it arrived – half a year later and only after the official announcement – I didn’t like the realization at all, couldn’t identify with the character the way it was written and developed immediately and enthusiastically in a day and night marathon a version full of concrete and practical suggestions which would enable me to play the lead full throttle – same procedure as with Dr. Heiter – but this time it also would have had some unavoidable effects to the dramatic structure. That was too much for Tom and since he couldn’t live with my suggestions and I as a method actor couldn’t identify with his version, I told him that I couldn’t see any other way than that he would have to “change horses”. That’s it.
So, wow, that's a shitload of drama to be unfolding around a movie in a single day. It looks like we won't be seeing Final Sequence anytime soon, although theoretically Six could just find a new actor, as Laser's statement would lead one to think that he's not recurring as the same character he was in the first film. His presence was certainly one of the defining elements of First Sequence, but it doesn't look like he'll be back for another go-round. Of course, given the generally dire reception to Full Sequence, maybe that's for the best.