Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blue is desperate to bring Jason Voorhees back to life in a Friday the 13th reboot, but would rather do so for the big screen, rather than the small. A television series based on Crystal Lake has been touted before over the years, with The CW coming very close to making it happen. But unfortunately for those would long to see it come to fruition, Blum is adamant that he would rather make another movie.
"I'd love to do Friday the 13th. I'd do it as a movie."
Back in 2003, director Sean S. Cunningham discussed the possibility of a Friday the 13th television series. Many years passed, but the idea was eventually picked up in 2015 by The CW, with the series set to focus on a group of characters at Crystal Lake, who have to deal with the return of Jason Voorhees. However, the idea never came to pass, with Blum intending to take the franchise back to the silver screen should he ever be given the opportunity.
Blumhouse Productions has become a big name in horror moviemaking over the last few years, and more recently has garnered a reputation for rebooting beloved horror franchises. So far, Blumhouse Productions has put their hand to reinvigorating the likes of Halloween, The Invisible Man, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Black Christmas, and The Craft.
When asked what property he'd like to reboot next, Blum was quick to answer, declaring his desire to resurrect the hockey-mask wearing killer and bring him back to movie theaters. This is not the first time that Blum has discussed rebooting the Friday the 13th series, having been asked about making a new movie by a fan on social media. "I have the same question! I don't have an answer to that," he replied. "But like I've said before, I would love to do it and it's very complicated, but I hope someday. How about that? It's not the answer I want to hear because I wish it was right away, but it isn't."
The reason why it's so complicated is due to an ongoing legal battle surrounding what is now known as the main character of the Friday the 13th franchise, Jason Voorhees. The first movie was directed by filmmaker Sean S. Cunningham back in 1980, who hired screenwriter Victor Miller to write a script to fit the title Friday the 13th and thereby capitalize on the slasher movie craze that took hold during that era. Of course, the franchise has since become a huge success, which has led to Miller attempting to acquire more ownership of the property in recent years. Thanks to the citing of an obscure copyright law, Miller was able to win the first court battle, which is where the problems really begin.
Now, if you're still with us, while the series has become known for the spine-chilling presence of the hockey enthusiast murderer Jason Voorhees, the character was not actually introduced in this form until the third movie, which Miller did not write, and so, unless an agreement is made between the two parties, any reboot would either have to ditch the iconic killer or the franchise's famous title.
For now, the future of Friday the 13th remains uncertain, making it very unlikely that a Blumhouse produced reboot will be hitting screens any time soon. The last audiences saw of the franchise was back in 2009 in the form a remake. All told the Friday the 13th series has spawned multiple sequels, and has sent Jason Voorhees to some strange places, including outer space.
While it is sadly unknown whether Jason Blum will ever get to make the Friday the 13th reboot that he so desires, audiences can still bask in the company of another masked serial killer, that of Michael Myers, with a recent trailer released for Halloween Kills, which is due to be released on October 15, 2021, and followed up by Halloween Ends on October 14, 2022. This comes to us from Cinepop.