Next ‘Friday the 13th’ Movie Won’t Necessarily Include Jason Voorhees

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Jason Voorhees in the rain Next Friday the 13th Movie Wont Necessarily Include Jason Voorhees

Friday the 13th is one of those horror franchises that’s just as unkillable as the murderous villain that made it famous. Since Sean S. Cunningham’s original slasher was released in 1980 there have been ten sequels and a reboot, and now Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, is gearing up to deliver the thirteenth Friday the 13th movie in 2015.

Until recently the rights for Friday the 13th were tied up in multiple studios, but that changed last year when Warner Bros. handed over its stake in the property for a slice of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar pie. Friday the 13th still holds a considerable amount of potential for profits, especially since the last film in the franchise scored a respectable $91 million worldwide at the box office, and now the cash cow is ready for another milking. Jason Voorhees, on the other hand, might just be getting a vacation.

In an interview with Crave Online, producer Brad Fuller made it clear that very little has been officially decided for Platinum Dunes’ next Friday the 13th film – not even the inclusion of Jason Voorhees. When asked if Derek Mears, who played Jason in the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th, would be returning to the series, Fuller replied:

“I don’t know because I don’t know if we’re going to have Jason, I don’t know which Jason we’re going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he’s a dream so we’d be lucky to have him.”

If the story that Platinum Dunes settles on is one that doesn’t include Jason Voorhees, then this would be the first Friday the 13th film not to include him at all (he makes a brief appearance in the original film, despite not being the killer). Of course, there’s still every possibility that Jason will return, but it’s interesting that Fuller doesn’t consider him to be a completely necessary component.

Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part III Next Friday the 13th Movie Wont Necessarily Include Jason Voorhees

Hopes for the next Friday the 13th movie don’t seem to be too high at the moment. Over the past few years Platinum Dunes has churned out a number of pretty forgettable horror remakes – including A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hitcher, and of course the Friday the 13th reboot – and the talk of making a found-footage Friday the 13th movie hasn’t exactly been warming fans to the idea. According to Fuller, however, even the found footage format isn’t a sure thing:

“[Found footage is] something that we’re looking at, yeah. I never know because it depends on the story and what the story is. It’s been reported, that’s something that we’re looking into but I can’t tell you definitively that that’s what the movie is. I’m well acquainted with some very loud members of the audience who hate found footage and I understand that.”

Platinum Dunes had better start pinning the details down soon, as the release date for the next Friday the 13th film has already been set for early next spring. That means that ideally filming would need to begin by this summer, and currently there’s no director attached or even a script. Fingers crossed for Freddy vs. Jason 2?


The untitled Friday the 13th sequel will hit theaters on March 13, 2015.

Source: Crave Online

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  1. Michael Bay’s reboot was an indirect reimaging of the first 4 films with the inclusion of the aftermath regarding the death and decapitation of Annie, which is the catalyst to coming events involving Jason’s legacy at Camp Crystal Lake. People seem to forget that the series was originally intended to end after the 4th movie (IV: The Final Chapter) but bc of New Line, the franchise was run into the ground. I think there is a lot of potential for them to do another Friday but in my opinion it shuld covrr the next few years, including Corey Feldman’s character, which played a pivotal role in Jason’s eventual downfall, along with the psychic and the inhabitants of the local nuthouse. There are several ways they can do it and do it right but Hollyweird has to ruin everything nowadays it seems like. And as far as a found-footage adaptation goes, it seems that something of that calibre and magnitude is a touchy sensitive subject and playing field when it comes to fan acceptance mostly due to horrific found footage flops from the not long enough ago (like the Blair Witch Prpject) so when smeone hears foundfootage thats obviously the first thing that goes thru their mind. Case in point, found footage or nt, no Jason, no movie.

    • New Line had nothing to do with F13 until Jason Goes To Hell aka Part 9.

    • You are mistaken. New Line had nothing to do with the Friday series until Friday the 13th 9 aka Jason Goes to hell. Not a fan of Friday 5, I liked 6, Jason was a beast in 7 and 8 was just Bad, Thank Paramount for that crap, not New Line.

      • i know new line had to nothing to do with jason goes to hell. though i found friday 2009 to a fresh film and take on jason, i never considered it a sequel, only a re-make. another jason film means a sequel to jason X because there is a workprint around, i have a copy of it and jason x studio version cuts about two minutes out of the ending and 3 minutes out of the total film through-out, jason in space the lost NC-17 version is better and deserves a “return to crystal lake” friday the 13th part XI.

  2. The article reads: “If the story that Platinum Dunes settles on is one that doesn’t include Jason Voorhees, then this would be the first Friday the 13th film not to include him at all (he makes a brief appearance in the original film, despite not being the killer).” This is not entirely accurate. As a long time (since I was in training pants) fan of the series, if my memory serves me correct, technically, Jason Vorhees was absent from “Friday the 13th -Part V: A New Beginning. Instead, us fans had to deal with a copy cat murderer who actually slaughters kids in a halfway house, and the cause…? Well, watch the 1985 classic and find out.

    As for found footage…? My advice would be NOT TO INCLUDE found footage…NOT EVEN A LITTLE BIT.

    • Jason was in Part V via Tommy’s visions of him in several scenes. He was not the killer though, that much is true.

  3. OK so the thought of not having Jason in this future, perhaps last, Friday13th film can be done and it wouldn’t be that big of a deal and wouldn’t take away much from the movie/ series!?!? are you smoking crack writer!? lmao Friday 13 t IS JASON AND vice versa..HUGE mistake if you don’t bring Jason back into it:( I for one wouldn’t even go to see it WITHOUT Jason!:(

    • I agree 100%

  4. Actually Jason was never in part 5, it was a guy pretending to be Jason. So this would be the second film which he didn’t appear

    • Again…. Jason WAS in Part V via Tommy’s visions of him in several scenes. He was not the killer though, that much is true.

  5. Picture this,,,Mr Christy the camp owner returns to find all his counselors dead and a buffed an psychotic Mrs Vorheese waiting for him. I can not believe that their is so much confusion as to what story to put on the big screen. All Paramount and Platinum Dunes has to do is show muscular arms killing camp counselors. You don’t even have to show her until the end of the movie. And for a climatic ending, put Mrs Vorheese in a high budget fight and chase scene with a man. And humanize her as a heartbroken woman that went insane from a broken heart. Mrs. Vorheese, is a psychotic woman that is skilled with arrows, knife fighting and can twirl a machete like a pro. Mrs. Vorheese should show fans where Jason gets his temper from. This is a woman that uses brass knuckles to punch threw car wind shields to get to her victims. And, has arms that are muscular enough to throw men threw windows.A Psychotic woman with a machete beating the crap out of Mr. Christy because her baby drown…..that is the common sense story line they should have went with in 2009. I am still in shock they tried to pass that off as a remake. That plot was awful and clearly written from inexperienced writers. However, some fans seem to think the story has to go back to the 80′s. No, it does not. Mrs. Vorheese can be in 2015…Jason drown in 1978 and the first two counselors were killed in 1980. The fight scene has to be phenomenal for fans…this is Jason’s mother after all. Either you can have Mr. Christy as the hero, or you can put him in a fight scene with Mrs. Vorheese…she beats the crap out of him and kills him. Then stands up, smiles at Alice and proceeds to chase her. Don’t rewrite the story to include Jason anywhere. Leave it as is….I guess what I am saying is I would make Mrs. Vorheese more muscular with “Jason Qualities”….and a much better fighter. Friday the 13th is about a mothers revenge on camp counselors and a summer camp she felt was responsible.

    • Sounds good! A sort of Grendel’s mother type plot.

      • Sounds good! A sort of Grendel’s mother type plot. Oh, wait…

    • I’m a huge Jason fan and I have to believe that 99 percent of FT13 lovers need their Jason fix. He makes the movies entertaining. I find myself rooting for Jason and his gruesome/clever kills (girl in sleeping bag smashed against tree is my#1.) I do not believe fans want to see Mrs. Voorhies as the killer, to be honest the original is boring but it’s a great start to build movies with JASON as the thrasher. Jason Goes to Hell has to be the worst of them all due to the lack of Jason. Found footage FT13 would be terrible as well, that’s not how people want to see their Jason kills.. Here’s what the new movie needs, a big, strong Jason Voorhies, (2009 Jason was perfect) next it needs sexy girls with a shortage of bras, drugs and alcohol, a desolate outdoor setting and of course brutal slayings of young adults. I know it sounds terrible but those factors have made the best FT13 movies. #longlivejasonV.

      • do you know there is a workprint of jason goes to hell? and a slightly longer film and longer ending.

  6. Bring back the BEST Jason to ever wear the mask…..yes BRING BACK KANE HODDER!!!!!

  7. friday the 13th 25 needs to hae jason voorhee’s in it or it is NOT a friday the 13th film. the “found footage” angle, “chronicals” angle, or reprising the “possession” angle like jason goes to hell did won’t work. i own a copy of the nc-17 workprint of jason X and the ending of the film is longer and this sequal needs to get back to it’s 1980′s roots, or i may very well obligate myself to officially boycott an established american horror institution which has been officially revisited and therefore ruined. please Mr. Brad Fuller, don’t disappoint us friday the 13th purists. i am child from the 1980s and dearly love the origins of jason voorhee’s and will resent my favorite childhood monster origins heart torn-out. i am horror purist and i am very skeptical of something called “change”.

  8. It has to be Jason, he is the best killer and its not Friday the 13th without him. He is the reason we love the films. Weather its Kane Hodder or Derek Mears they both rocked the roles of the ultimate killer Jason Voorhees.

  9. So to get this straight (reading this and elsewhere). They’re releasing a new FT13 film. It has no script. No cast. Not even sure who the antagonist is. Not even sure of what style it’s in. Basically the only thing that exists is speculation but this time around it’s actually the film company themselves that are doing it rather than the media and internet…and they actually led with that for the press release? Yeesh! I read this got pushed back to November now. I’m doubting 2015 at this point (and by the sound of it I’d rather they actually did take as much time as allotted). I don’t think I can have an opinion until there is an actually fact to have one about, lol. I’ve seen some sketchy film news before but this might take the cake.

  10. It just won’t be a Friday the 13th movie if there is no Jason. A lot of people that have never seen the movie know about Jason just cause of the iconic mask. If you don’t have a crazed killer defending his mothers honor then you don’t have a Friday the 13th movie. I get the new fan base but it would be like having a new batman movie without batman. Lots of fans will be lost.

  11. I liked Jason X the metal mask was cool looking how is this Jason goes to Disneyland lol

    • hope you know there is a very rare workprint available online of jason x if you look it up.

      jason x was censored throughout the film and the ending is longer and ends with the mask falling back into crystal lake again!

      the more i find out about these workprints the more skeptical i become concerning the studio’s.