Even though we have an overabundance of them these days, the fact of the matter is that remakes are nothing new in Hollywood and have been around for nearly as long as the film industry itself. Still, there’s no denying how much they’ve been flooding the market as of late, with the horror genre not being exempt from this practice. Quite frankly, I think it’s this genre that we have to thank for the current trend, but that’s a discussion for another day.
With Friday the 13th being one of the most popular horror franchises in cinematic history, it comes as no surprise that it hasn’t been an exception to the rule. In addition to being remade back in 2009, yet another restart was planned not long ago, but that’s since been derailed. And more unfortunate is that the entire franchise currently remains in limbo due to a legal battle.
Getting back to the 2009 film, I’d like to say that I actually quite enjoyed it despite knowing how divisive it was. Sure, Jason Voorhees was a bit faster than we were used to seeing, but Derek Mears was perfectly suited for the iconic role. Furthermore, it did well at the box office, but for whatever reason, the studio never succeeded in getting a sequel off the ground.
As it turns out, screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift actually did get cracking on a followup. And while it never came to fruition – something they hope to one day change – they recently revealed the title of the movie that never came to be on Twitter: Friday the 13th: Camp Blood – The Death of Jason Voorhees!
Additionally, they dropped a few other details in subsequent Tweets, which Bloody Disgusting’s summed up:
“Shannon and Swift revealed that the film was set to be a direct sequel to the remake, but centered on new characters rather than continuing Whitney and Clay’s story. As they had previously noted, the 2009 remake’s sequel was also going to be set in the Winter, which would’ve been a first for the franchise.”
As cool as a snow-covered Jason sounds, it’s doubtful this Friday the 13th sequel will ever go in front of a camera. Regardless, we’re just as curious as any of you to know how it would’ve turned out, so perhaps they could pitch it as a comic book? Hey, it worked for Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, didn’t it?