While doing press for the recently released Vestron Video Wishmaster collection (review) Andrew Divoff opened up to Geekadelphia about his departure from the Wishmaster franchise and also weighed in on playing the role one more time.
As for why he didn’t return for the third of fourth installments: “Well, all I will say is at the time; we agreed to go our separate ways. I had actually written number three and presented my script. I was a little too well, how should I say, overshooting the mark with what could be expected from special effects at some of the things that were included in my script; like gargoyles on buildings coming to life and coming down into the street and that sort of thing. That would have been, as we had discussed, the budget for that one outweighed the rest of the films.”
On what his version of the script for Wishmaster 3 looked like: “Yeah, it was called Wishmaster: The Third Millennium. It was written right around 1999 and 2000 and it was basically, you know in anticipation of Y2K and all of that. You’ll remember that was a bit of a panic in the day. There was an American warship in Asia and it is hit by a missile, and all hell breaks loose. Incidentally, there is a meeting going on at the UN and monsters come to life right there and go through the crowd and start ripping it up. Then we open in the desert, with a guy finding in a cave the gemstone again. I won’t go too much further than that, but suffice to say I put a lot of thought into it.”
On what his one wish would be: “Well, you know what, if I had one I might as well go ahead and say it. Wishmaster 5. I will answer the lingering question, I would love to do it again. But whether it is me or not I think the franchise has a lot of life left in it.”
In the Wishmaster films, some unlucky soul inevitably unleashes the centuries-old Djinn who then wreaks havoc and pandemonium on whomever set him free. He usually has some sort of plan to bring the world to an end and the person that gave him his freedom must then work to prevent the end of the world as we know it.