The Wrong Turn franchise recently received a reboot, but it looks doubtful original star Eliza Dushku will ever return for a proper sequel. If there’s one thing the horror genre is packed full of, it’s backwoods, remotely located serial killers who are just waiting to hack up a carload of friends, family or both. Heading into the woods alone is never a great idea either.
Among that populated genre, the cannibal killers found in all but one of the Wrong Turn movies stand out, functioning as a cross between the Sawyer family in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise or the troupe of mutants stalking the Hills Have Eyes movies. Much like in Leatherface’s adventures, each Wrong Turn changes up the members of the killer family, outside of one central member, that being Three-Finger in the case of Wrong Turn.
The Wrong Turn killers live so far out in the wilderness that their prey has little realistic hope of escape, even if there does usually end up being at least one survivor. Case in point, the first Wrong Turn had two survivors, Eliza Dushku’s Jessie and Desmond Harrington’s Chris. Neither ever returned in any of the follow-ups, though fans have often wondered what happened to them, especially Jessie. Sadly, even though resurrecting old horror franchises with the original performers is a common thing in recent years, Wrong Turn director Rob Schmidt considers a Dushku return highly unlikely.
During an interview with Lorette Magazine in January 2021, Schmidt was asked about a proper Wrong Turn sequel with the return of the original surviving cast but quickly shot down the idea, unequivocally saying Dushku wouldn’t be interested. He doesn’t say exactly why that is, but it’s not hard to guess. Eliza Dushku hasn’t appeared in a movie or TV show since 2017 and one of her last jobs, working on CBS’ Bull, resulted in her filing a scorching sexual harassment lawsuit alleging that star Michael Weatherly was highly inappropriate with her on multiple occasions. Since then, Dushku has dropped out of the spotlight.
That’s not to say Dushku is a recluse by any means, as in 2019 it was reported she was studying holistic psychology at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At age 40, Dushku could certainly decide to return to acting at any time, but even if she did, the fact she never had any involvement in the six Wrong Turn follow-ups made since 2003 is also telling. Perhaps she just has no desire to come back to the property, although she did come close to making a quick cameo in Wrong Turn 2.