Despite finding a fairly rabid fan base on home video formats, Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects was technically not much of a success when it came to theaters in 2005. While the film DID make a profit for Lionsgate, $17 million isn't much to write home about, especially when the first Saw film made $18 million to its $1.2 million budget... in its first weekend. So while Rob Zombie may be a fan favorite, his films aren't much of a priority to Lionsgate studios and Zombie knows it.
In an interview with Fangoria, Zombie reiterated his love for the psychotic and murderous Firefly family, but explained that they are in fact owned by Lionsgate. And as long as these close-knit crazies aren't bringing in the big bucks, they aren't coming back. So if you are pissed about that, blame the suits!
“I’ve always thought I’d like to make another movie, because I love the characters, and I have an idea I think is solid for a third one – an idea that would make sense. The problem is, I don’t own the characters now. They’re owned by Lionsgate, and they just don’t have any desire to do anything. So it isn’t me not doing it because I don’t want to; I don’t have the ability to get it done.”
As Lionsgate seems to move more into the world of dystopian YA genre films and away from horror, it's actually hard to disagree with Zombie on this one. It doesn't look like the Firefly family is coming back any time soon.