This weekend, the latest Halloween was the #1 movie at the box office with 77.5 million dollars. The original Friday the 13th was a response to the popularity of the original Halloween….and thus, history repeats itself. SpringHill Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment announced today they plan to produce a new Friday the 13th movie.
It’s believed at this early stage that this will be a reboot…which would make this the second time somebody tried that; a Friday the 13th remake was released in 2009 but failed to restart the franchise.
That remake, of course, had Jason as the bad guy — something the original movie didn’t feature. Jason wasn’t the original slasher; that would be his mother, Mrs. Voorhees. She was mad because her son drowned in Crystal Lake while the camp counselors were all busy screwing each other — and so she devoted her life to stabbing teens who have sex. Mrs. Voorhees died at the end, but Kid Jason came back to life in the surprise ending, and carried on her cause.
This is all important because we’re not sure at the moment whether SpringHill or Vertigo actually owns the rights to the Jason character as he’s popularly depicted. After the first remake, a legal battle saw the rights to the script return to Victor Miller, who was hired to write the first film by Sean Cunningham. No one seems to know who truly owns Jason….so there’s a 50/50 chance the new Friday the 13th could be a remake faithful enough to use Mrs. Voorhees again.
Useless Fact: Springhill Entertainment is partially owned by LeBron James.