If Friday the 13th were to come back to the big screen, horror fans would probably want Blumhouse to do it. The respected genre studio that recently rebooted Halloween successfully (somewhat) and has The Exorcist: Believer opening this week, both from filmmaker David Gordon Green. Would they be interested in tackling Jason Voorhees, too? You betcha!
Blumhouse producer Ryan Turek spoke with Inverse about Friday the 13th and says the studio is definitely in the hunt!
“Jason [Blum] and I are definitely in agreement that Friday the 13th is the thing we would love to get our hands on. I really want to go back to the basics. You don’t need too many ingredients for a Friday the 13th film. You need summer camp, you need campers, and you need Jason Vorhees in a mask.”
He continued, “Listen, I’ve gone on the record saying Halloween is the ultimate slasher film for me. That’s my favorite slasher film of all time. But Friday the 13th as a franchise is one that I just bow down to. I just love everything about it. And if we were able to live in both worlds, like we do with Halloween, then to be able to live at Crystal Lake for a while would be so incredible.”
It’s worth noting that Blumhouse has long been pursuing the rights to Friday the 13th, but things got pretty complicated for a few years. Those issues are now resolved, and work on a new film can happen. There hasn’t been one since the 2009 reboot which was pretty awful.
A Friday the 13th prequel series, titled Crystal Lake, is still in the works with Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) producing and Adrienne King set to return as final girl Alice Hardy from the original 1980 film. But as far as Blumhouse goes, this does seem like the logical next move for them, doesn’t it?