Friday The 13th ‘Follow Up’ On The Way

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Having hacked and slashed his way to a $70 million worldwide payday, it seems as though Jason Voorhees has made a bigger comeback than Mickey Rourke.

Now as we all know, in the world of Hollywood horror movies, a strong box office take is almost always a go-sign for a string of increasingly terrible sequels (cough, Saw, cough).  Friday The 13th, it seems, is no exception (even though it suffered a brutal 80% drop on its second weekend).

Or is it?

According to early reports, Platinum Dunes and New Line’s next installment of Friday the 13th will be a “follow up,” rather than a “sequel.” Jason Voorhees will still be the bad guy holding the machete, but Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the guys who wrote the script for the “reboot” and will handle the script for the “follow-up,” are trying to steer clear of the campy antics that plagued the latter installments of the original series.

[SIDEBAR: Am I the only one who is getting tired of Hollywood's bottomless buzz-word dictionary? "Follow-ups," "reboots," "relaunches," "re-imaginings..." Just pick a damn phrase and stick with it!]

So does ignoring the established canon mean that Jason won’t be re-taking Manhattan, going back to hell or back into space? Probably. So does that mean the filmmakers will have to come up with (gasp) a brand new storyline?

I’ll believe it if and when I see it. And not one second before.

On the business side, as of now it’s looking like Friday The 13th (reboot) director Marcus Nispel won’t be helming the follow-up. Also up in the air are the fates of stars Jared Padalecki and Amanda Righetti, whose characters were the only ones to survive Jason’s rampage. Padalecki is still committed to his starring role on Supernatural, while Righetti has found success on The Mentalist this year. Roping the two young stars into doing another slasher flick could be a hard sell.

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Right now Platinum Dunes and New Line are focusing on their Nightmare On Elm Street reboot (if that’s the word for it), which is set to begin shooting in a few weeks. But don’t expect Jason to be gone too long: the studios are looking to have the next Friday The 13th in theaters as soon as 2010.

How do you feel about a Friday The 13th sequel “follow-up?” Are you ready for more Voorhees mayhem, or was the reboot already more than you wanted to see?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

TAGS: friday the 13th, nightmare on elm street

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  1. Since the people of “Platinum Dunes” aren’t fond of the series beyond part 4, we probably won’t get Zombie Jason.

    And that sucks.

    I didn’t like the reboot and if they go all “crazy hillbilly retard with a hockeymask RUNNING around” on the sequels, I will pass.

    I like my Jason dead, rotting, slow and played by Kane Hodder. (Preferably looking like in Part 7)

    Yeah, I’m that kinda guy.

  2. A follow up would be great, I think using the same formula that was used in this last film will be fine. I think using elements from part 4 and 5 as well as some new ideas would go great for a follow-up. Keep the film in and around Crystal Lake, keep it creepy, throw in the humor etc, Derek Mears should be Jason again. I really hope at some point there is a Jason vs Freddy vs Myers film made. If need be just pretend the first Freddy vs Jason film never happened. Make this one more serious, and scary.

  3. @ Hasselbach,

    Dude I loved part 7 as well. Psychic powers vs. Jason! YES PLEASE!!!!

    In fact, before the reboot came out I watch FT13 pts 1-3 and realized: I never really knew those films. I’d seen them a long time ago, but it never really stuck. The Jason I grew up on in the 80′s was the undead hockey mask guy. In my mind that had been all he ever was in my mind.

  4. Just to think, this will be the thirteenth Friday the 13th film in the franchise’s history. I’d rather see a follow-up to Freddy vs. Jason.

  5. I enjoyed the reboot but i would love to see another Freddy VS Jason.

  6. I loved Friday the 13th remake. And Jared Padalecki rocked in it. If they do make another film. Why not have Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles fight and kill Jason. Let them both survive too. I though Kane Hodder was great as Jason too. But the new guy was cool too. I saw this movie 5 times because Jared Padalecki was in it. I’m a huge fan of his. He’s great on Supernatural as well.

  7. @ “Jason,”

    This is Jared Padalecki writing that comment, isn’t it?

  8. No I’m Jason and I wrote the comment for Jason. About Jared Padalecki and Friday the 13th being a kick ass movie. Jared had nothing to do with it. I loved this movie and saw it 5 times. I do wish Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki would do the next Friday the 13th film. They could kill Jason together. Jared is the best guy in the world and he loves his fans. His fans love him in return.

  9. @Jason

    Whoa, you need to get off that Jared bandwagon. The latest movie sucked. You might have liked it but it sucked. It was a true disappointment to FT13 fans everywhere. An 80% drop in the second weekend is a great indication of that.

    They have to get rid of that stupid comedy and the terrible acting they try to put in it and really just make it scary and dark. Have people that you don’t want to see murdered, that you feel for them but that only works if there’s just a little bit of character development. In the last movie I wanted all of those idiots to die and never appear again.
    They should go different and different means a well written script.

  10. Alex just because you didn’t like the movie doesn’t mean everybody else didn’t either. Friday fans were fine with it and if you did your homework you’d know that. It Didn’t suck. Jared was great in the movie and it made 88 million dollars world wide. Need I say more? It was a hit and that’s all that matters in Hollywood. So up yours Alex. Jared Padalecki rocked in this movie. Jason, Here, # 1 Jared and Friday the 13th fan.

  11. One thing I will say about this movie that I didn’t like was the use of all the drugs in it. I’m so glad Jared Padalecki’s character didn’t do any drugs in the movie, Because as a Jared Padalecki fan I would have been very disapointed with him. I’m very glad he stayed clear of the drugs. Seeing him in a sex scene would have been fine though. With Danielle Panabaker that would have been Hot!

  12. i really want that movie bec this is really scary movie!!!! AHHAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS REALLY SCARY MOVIE!!!!!

  13. freddy vs jason

  14. I loved Friday the 13th and Jared Padalecki did rock in this movie. Supernatural 5th season is rocking too. On the CW33. Thursday nights at 8PM eastern standard time.

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