Jason Voorhees and 'Friday the 13th' Will Return to the Big Screen in 2015

Jason Voorhees and 'Friday the 13th' Will Return to the Big Screen in 2015

Nov 27, 2013

Jason VoorheesUPDATE: While we weren't sure exactly which route the studio would take, it looks like Paramount has decided to move forward with a new Friday the 13th movie, arriving in theaters on March 13, 2015, which is a pretty prime spot for a horror movie. According to this tweet from ERC, the film won't be a sequel to the recent reboot, but will instead be its own reboot, probably with a found-footage spin.

Originally posted 10/2/13: October is here, so that means it's time for all sorts of horror movie-related news and notes -- and today we've learned of another possibility for the resurrection of Jason Voorhees.
Last month, rumors of a television series entitled Crystal Lake Chronicles surfaced -- just like when Tina used her psychic powers to raise Jason from the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake way back in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Producer and series creator Sean Cunningham told sources that writers were already hard at work planning how to create a Smallville-styled series centered on the vicious mass murderer and his reign of terror.
At the time, we thought that was pretty awesome -- but there was no way it was going to be the only new Jason product on the horizon. For almost inexplicable reasons, Platinum Dunes has never made a sequel to its highly successful 2009 reboot of the series, despite a lot of rumblings. Ideas have floated around for years (my personal favorite involved Jason in a winter setting -- something we've never seen before), and one of the oldies has reemerged.
According to various sources, the idea of making a found-footage Friday the 13th is once again in play. My initial reaction to this is that it's a bad idea.
Found footage is a compelling medium when done right and when used to tell a certain kind of story. A typical Friday film is not that sort of story. Found footage requires the willing suspension of disbelief -- meaning the audience has to accept that the characters would keep filming even while horrible things are happening. Hard to see that being the case while Jason takes a machete to the face a poor, unsuspecting teenager. 
Because of that, Crystal Lake Chronicles sounds like a more interesting idea from where I'm standing. A web series set in the Friday universe with a recurring cast of characters and an ongoing storyline could be just the ticket to make Jason king of the horror hill in a new decade. I'm sure we'll be seeing more films in the series, too -- but my own hope is that we'll get more traditional Friday narratives and leave the gimmicky and inexpensive found-footage approach to films more suited to take advantage of its benefits.
What do you guys think? If you had to pick, would you take a Friday TV series (I'd bring back Friday the 13th: The Series if it were up to me) or would you take a gamble on the found-footage approach in the hopes it would present Jason in a new and more terrifying way? 





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