Friday the 13th: Part 2???

February 27, 2009

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I knew 30-year-old teenage guy should have stabbed Jason more times with the machete. Jason survived! And he's going to return for more murder in Friday the 13th: Part 2, which won't be a remake of the original Part 2 because the remake of Part 1 already compressed bits from several of the prior Friday the 13ths, including Part 2, into one movie. Are you following? Here's what the Hollywood Reporter says:

The villain who's defied death more often than Evil Knievel is making another appearance on the big screen. Sources saying that New Line and Platinum Dunes are moving forward on a new “Friday the 13th" and that Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote the recently released reboot, beginning work on a script for a new picture.

There's a catch, though.

Unlike the sophomore efforts of other franchises, the new “Friday” is expected to be not a sequel so much as a follow-up, those familiar with the project say. Jason Voorhees will be the villain, of course, but the new picture is expected to use elements of the original franchise more as a jumping-off point than as a template.

The reason? The reboot drew from the first four pictures in the “Friday” series, and producers are said not to be keen on the plot elements of the half-dozen movies that followed. And Marcus Nispel, who directed the latest film, is a possible but unlikely candidate to helm the “Friday” follow-up; the director is believed to be fielding offers for movies across other genres.

I'm not sure why the producers are so against using elements of the later sequels as inspiration for a second film. Good luck to the writer who has to come up with a better story than Jason rising from the grave, taking Manhattan, going to Hell, fighting Freddy Krueger, and ending up in the future, in space. How would you even avoid those elements?

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