Friday the th series co-creator Sean Cunningham is defying all expectations and teasing a new installment for .
In case you re counting, it s now been long years since the last Friday the th movie, the underrated banger that is the remake. That s at least in part due to a years-long, messy legal battle between Cunningham himself and original movie s writer, Victor Miller.
As Bloody Disgusting opens in new tab notes, in a judge ruled in favor of Miller and granted him rights to the original Friday the th s script and characters, while Cunningham retained rights to the character of adult Jason Voorhees and his iconic hockey mask, which of course became the face of the franchise following the first movie. The split in who owns what seems to be related to the fact that Miller only wrote the first movie, and it wasn t until the second movie that Jason Voorhees grew up and became the killer it was his mother in the first movie – haven t you seen Scream?
Anyway, Cunningham now says a new Friday the th movie is coming next year, though, he didn t officially announce anything. Rather, he quietly updated his Cameo opens in new tab bio to include this juicy little tidbit:
Sean S. Cunningham directed and produced the seminal horror film Friday th, creating the iconic villain Jason Voorhees. The movie has spawned installments with a th scheduled for next year.
It s a little surprising to hear that a new Friday the h could debut in as little as a few months, but who are we to deny words coming from the series co-creator? Here s hoping it s as good as the remake.
There have been a number of rumblings about a possible new Friday the th movie over the past month. First IT producer Roy Lee signaled that he may be working on a Jason Voorhees project, then franchise creator Sean S. Cunningham shared his own mysterious and exciting message about a new film. Now the excitement continues, as the official New Line Cinema account has posted a bizarre image.
The post shared by New Line portrays an average smartphone screenshot featuring an incoming direct message from none other than Jason Voorhees himself. Their caption reads “Uh uh. What do you think Jason Voorhees wants?”. The background showcases an image of outer space. Could this have anything to do with Jason X? Probably not… Right? Check it out here.
While nothing is confirmed at this moment, it’s looking extremely likely that we will be getting a new Friday entry sooner rather than later. After a long and tumultuous legal battle that held the rights up for over a decade, it’s definitely time to see the hockey mask rise once again.
To commemorate the thirteen long years it’s been since Jason Voorhees last pierced theater screens, the DREAD Podcast Network series Development Hell uncovered four nearly-made Friday the th projects for their Camp is Cancelled miniseries. From the Nick Antosca version of events to Jason in the snow, check out the Friday sequels that almost were:
Lastly, how do you feel about a potential new Friday the th on the horizon? Are you as excited as I am? Make sure to let me know on Twitter via joshkorngut. I’m always around to chat about all things Jason Voorhees!