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?

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

Source: Crave Online

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  1. Can’t wait!

    (not really)

  2. Ummm…. technically Jason only appears in hallucinations in Friday The 13th: A New Beginning. The killer is actually someone pretending to be Jason…

  3. At this point, if it doesn’t have Jason nobody will care. The only reason people go to see these movies is to watch Jason slaughter stupid teenagers. Only reason. I was kinda okay with it being found footage but this just turns me off completely. The reboot was actually pretty good, I wished they would just make a follow up to that.

  4. How about an angry teenager inspired by jason, but at a functioning camp.
    -
    Or a group who dress as jason and have been become sort a cult that terrorize campsites- be kinda like the strangers.

    • @ Cody

      Believe it or not there was a script written for Freddy vs Jason that had an idea something like that.
      In it there was a cult inspired by Freddy that would dress like him and hold some sort of crazy rituals while using a drug that put them in some sort of sleep coma and they could interact with Freddy. I read it a while back so some of the details may be wrong but that was the jist of it.

      I read it on IMSDB and assume it’s still there if you want a hilarious read.

  5. Do they realize how many audiences would be pissed off walking out of Friday the 13th without Jason being in it? Myself included.

    • Do you know how many fans were pissed off the 2009 remake was about Jason…it should have been about a muscular and psychotic woman with a machete seeking revenge on a summer camp she felt was responsible for her sons death. No, I think fans won’t even go to the theatres if it was another Jason movie. Friday the 13th is about Mrs. Vorheese…and Friday the 13th part 2 is about Jason. Maybe new fans might walk out if Jason is not the killer…but I am sure the 5 fans we lost won’t make a difference. Why you think the original story wont be a hit(since it was the box office that started it)is beyond me.

  6. really?? no Jason in a Friday the 13th movie??? That sounds like an incredible idea!!

    says the same people who thought having deadpool be in wolverine origins with no mouth, outfit, or anything at all resembling deadpool period.

    Who is in charge that comes up with the dumbest ideas !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • And the same person who turned Galactus into a cloud and Parallax into a space turd.

      • great minds think alike!! Can I offer you a chimichanga?

        • YES!

  7. We can call it Friday the 13th part 13: Season of the Witch!

    See what I did there…

    • +1

    • Classic

  8. I know it’s wrong, but I would pay to see Freddy VS Jason 2. lol

    If it’s to be a 100% ‘serious’ take, then I agree with the gentleman who commented above, let’s go with a sequel story to the 2009 one. It was good, in that junk food sort of way.

  9. “Fingers crossed for Freddy vs. Jason 2?”

    Screw that, I’d rather have Michael Vs. Jason.

    • I’m still waiting for Chucky vs Leprechaun.

      • how about Deadpool vs. Fox executives keeping his movie from being made, he sneaks into fox offices and goes on a rampage beating the hell out of all the idiots that refuse to turn loose one of the most wanted movies by the fans!! all the insults and beatings would be hilarious as deadpool mocks all the horrible decisions by fox in the last 15 years.

        make THAT movie!

        • …I’m speechless, Oscar winning movie right there!

    • I’m still waiting on Chucky vs Leprechaun.

  10. If you’re going to have it without Jason, just bring back the characters from the TV show, haha.

    • was there evere a tv show about friday the 13th?

      • Yeah it was called Friday the 13th, but it was more like a precursor to shows like Warehouse 13 (just caught the irony of the latter title), where they collected possessed items that a relative of the main characters sold after making a deal with the Devil. It still comes on some cable channels like Chiller and actually ran for awhile.

  11. Are they actively trying to make this movie worse than everyone already thins it’s going to be?

  12. Then why doesn’t the producer simply say that he is in fact relaunching the franchise. Otherwise it would be like when Halloween III arrived to the cinemas and the studios made us believe it would be another film with Michael Myers in it. It was a huge fiasco.

  13. WAT?

  14. This will be terrible… Why can’t the studio come up with a new “monster” instead of bringing Jason back from the dead again! I love Friday the 13th but come on.

    • Jason is like James Bond or Godzilla, he’s iconic and synonymous with the series as a whole. There hasn’t been, and never will be, a 007 movie without Bond, nor a Godzilla movie without the King of Monsters. Same should apply here.

      • Except for the first “Friday the 13th” and “Friday the 13th: A New Beginning”…

  15. It could work. I say this because the first Friday the 13th was my favorite, despite hardly any Jason. To be honest, I wouldn’t really pay to see another Jason flick in theaters; its just too much more of the same. I did like the remake though. A Jason-less movie can and will be good as long as its clever and scary, but considering that its Platinum Dunes, I’m not so sure.
    Are we sure this isn’t going to be a remake of the original, the one with Jason’s mom?

  16. (YAWNING) meanwhile … JASON vs MICHAEL MYERS …heck yeah !…RUMORS!… SMH…next day …THE ROCK cast as MARTIAN MANHUNTER…RUMORS! ….WTF !!!……….

  17. That’s like A Nightmare On Elm Street without Freddy Krueger

  18. So I thought of a way that they can be (somewhat) innovative for the next Friday the 13th. If they want found footage so bad, then JASON NEEDS A GOPRO!

  19. I can see found footage work if they make based around documentary trying to investigate what the hell has been happening at camp crystal lake all these years.

  20. They’ve tried this already. It’s called Halloween III: Season of the Witch.

    Guess what they did with its sequel.

  21. My first reaction was to swear up and down how bad of an idea this.
    Friday the 13th without Jason would be like A Nightmare on Elm Street without Freddy and probably not any better than Halloween was without Michael Meyers.

    But…

    If they go the found footage route it could possibly work and it would be pretty simple.
    They could just have a group of teens or whatever investigating a series of murders that took place at Camp Crystal Lake and while they are there one by one they start getting killed off blah blah blah.
    The last shot or whatever could show Jason or something like that and that sets up the sequel.

    Now lets be honest, that would be a terrible and boring movie but if the movie makes enough money (it probably will) there’s a built in franchise and then they could use Jason in the sequels which is the point of this IMO.
    Why else would you not use Jason?
    If he’s in the whole film or the movie is about him and his mother and it bombs the franchise is dead once again but if this little experiment works a sequel will immediately follow.

    • I would like to point out that jason was not the killer in the very first Friday the 13th movie. It was in fact his mother. If they decide to make the killer not jason they need to make it about the day he drowned and when his mother killed the teens that let his death happen. I dont think we got a entire movie about that.

  22. No Jason Then I’m Out. Found Footage Then I’m Out. Normal style, Great iconic character Then this fan WILL be there. Otherwise Plantinum Dunes… Shut The EFF Up!

    • I think you would like his mothers story a little more than you think…after all it was the box office hit that started Jason…with out his mother the story is s*** in a script.

  23. You guys do realize that Jason wasn’t really in the first film (he appeared in a dream sequence) or Friday the 13th: A New Beginning?

    • If he appeared in a dream sequence in the movie then by definition he was ya know..in the movie..and in the 5th film the guy was dressed up like him and killed everyone in a similar manner so it was pretty much a Jason movie for 99% of its run time.

  24. Man, Hollywood’s just sucking a$$ for original ideas if this is the best they can dredge up.

  25. Am I the only one who read that as just a guy dodging a question?

  26. Here’s an idea. Just write your own great movie, don’t borrow reputation or franchise IP from other brands/names and let people go see it based on its content.

  27. seriously if i hear on more person tell us that jason wasnt in the forst movie cuz it was his mom ill lose my mind! holy sh*t why dont you tell us the difference between iceland and greenland while your at it! i cant stand people pointing out blatantly obvious sh*t anymore, how did darwin moss u guys lol

  28. It’s like removing Spider man from the Amazing Spider-Man…

  29. PLEASE Freddy vs. Jason 2! That’s probably the only way I’m interested in this.

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