The rumors of a Jason Voorhees return are beginning to rumble. Too bad it’s not happening this year. How cool would it be to have Friday The 13th film come out on an actual Friday the 13th in the year 2013? (For the record, the next Friday the 13th is September this year) Read on for the details.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Warner Bros. has relinquished its hold on the franchise and the rights are heading back to Paramount.Paramount now has five years to enjoy those rights, meaning, the studio can move forward on a new film if it chooses to without it being mired in rights nonsense.
A sequel to the 2009 reboot has been languishing due to all sorts of rights complications.
The original Friday was made in 1980 by producer Sean Cunningham with investments from Boston theater owners. Paramount got domestic distribution rights; Warners had international. Eventually, the rights reverted back to Cunningham, who took them to New Line Cinema in the 1990s as part of an attempt to jumpstart a Freddy vs. Jason movie (with the villain from A Nightmare on Elm Street). That process took more than 10 years, and in the meantime, New Line made two other Friday the 13th movies.
When it came time for New Line, now part of Warner Bros., to develop a Friday remake/reboot, it was revealed that Paramount had certain rights to the original and had to be brought in as 50-50 partners. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes ended up producing 2009’s Friday the 13th, which grossed a respectable $91 million for Paramount and Warners on a budget of less than $20 million.
Warner Bros. offered up its stake in Friday the 13th so it could join Paramount in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
So what do you think: Should the series continue on or is it time to lay Jason Voorhees to rest for good? And more importantly, if this is true and Voorhees is coming back, who should play him? Kane Hodder, Derek Mears, someone new? Let us know what you think.
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