Sean S. Cunningham Rebooting ‘Friday the 13th’
Dropping the news is Blood Disgusting, who report that writer Jeff Locker has broken the silence on the future of the franchise. Locker is currently working with Cunningham on producing an original film titled The Night Driver, and naturally Locker pushed the conversation onto Friday the 13th.
“Sean hired me to do a rewrite on The Night Driver and after working closely with director Jeremy Weiss and him on that, we naturally got to talking about Friday the 13th and House. Jeremy and I pitched our dream reboot of Friday the 13th – with Sean’s blessing to keep developing it with him.”
For half a decade, Friday the 13th has been stuck in a copyright dispute, between Cunningham and original screenwriter Victor Miller, on over who owns the original script. The appeals court upheld a lower court’s decision in September 2021 that indeed Miller did write the film as an independent contractor and was, therefore, able to retain the rights to Friday the 13th franchise. Miller response to this is an upcoming prequel TV series for Peacock called Crystal Lake. But what about a movie? Locker says…
“Obviously, the prequel TV series has reignited interest about a new film so we’re hoping the surrounding excitement will inspire both sides to come together and give us Jason on the big screen again for the first time in 14 years, but we also have a Plan B for a sequel to the original we think fans will absolutely love and should avoid any legal entanglements.”
As for the mentioned House reboot, Locker explains that the plan is to reimagine the 1985 movie and even have an accompanying video game.
“The House reboot is both an update and reimagining of the classic series, centering around the birth of a haunted house,” Locker explains. “Lots of great scares and howl-at-the-screen laughs, plus we’re bringing back a few of your favorite monsters from the original for some really fun but equally terrifying kills… I’m working on the script as we speak and all I can say is I’m having a fucking BLAST!”
More news on both these projects soon.
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