Whatever happened to the "FRIDAY THE 13TH" Franchise?

Whatever happened to the "FRIDAY THE 13TH" Franchise?

In this Editorial you are going to find out why I am incredibly baffled by the fact that we havent got another take on Jason Voorhees ever since the 2009 Remake. I will explain why I think that it is amazingly easy to bring Jason back.

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By PuyGuy - 7/30/2012
Folks, its PuyGuy again, this time laying down my take on an classic Horror icon. Yeah, I know, AGAIN, this is an Editorial by me which IS NOT about Comics or ComicBookMovies. But since we already have SciFi / Fantasy / Tarantino News on this site, I guess CBM is more like a general geek-info site anyway. And the classic Horror Franchises are undenieable very "geeky".

So, whatever happened to the Friday Franchise? Is Jason Voorhees retirering or what? Well, I might be in the minority here about this one, but I for one liked the 2009 Friday the 13th Remake by Director Marcus Nispel quite alot. Sure, it wasent anything special or memorable, but it was a decent Friday flick. It contained all the elements which the Franchise is known for, and it executed them in a very crafty and exciting way. At least it was a justified Remake, since it wasent even possible to rape the Franchise even more than it had already been done with Friday the 13th Part V up to Part X.

Lets face it, they were all shit. Not even guilty pleasure. The essence and the spirit of the Original Take on the Franchise (Part I up to Part IV) was cpmpletely butchered. The 2009 Remake brought it back to its roots, yet modernizing it, resulting in an good and enjoyable Oldschool Slasher flick. And even though the Remake was a financial success, it appeared like the studio (Platinum Dunes) wasent too pleased with it. There has been talking about a sequel, but nothing really happened. However, there were some specified ideas...

I have to say that I really liked that idea of a Friday movie set in the snow. That would have been really be a neat and interesting addition to the franchise, that hasent been done before. But this is a rumor from like 3 years ago, so it probably wont happen anymore. Actually I dont wanna talk so much about what a Friday movie should be like, I wanna state something here which is quite mind boggling to me.


How hard can it be to get a Friday the 13th movie off the ground?


Like seriously, where is the problem? It is so easy for the studio.

I have now less than 3 Points why I think another Friday the 13th effort should be a done deal already.


1)

Screenplay.

If you approach a screenwriter who does proffesional screenwriting for a living, this guy shouldnt struggle too much with getting a decent Friday script off the ground. I dont imagine it to be very complicated writing a Friday-script, you dont really gotta have a vison or something. You have the basic elements that must happen in EVERY Friday film, you make up some plot points (setting, fate of characters etc.) and then you just have to come up with a few flat and exchangeable characters. In the end of the day they are no more but bait for Jason anyway.

The thing which would probably demand the biggest creative effort from the writer is to come up with some nice kills, at best kills that havent been seen before this way. But once you got this right, et voila, you got yourself a decent Friday the 13th script, ready to sell to a studio. There are hundreds of writers who could pull this off.


2)

Director.

Well, let me make this one short. In my opinion it is INCREDIBLY easy to get a decent director for a Horror film. Even more so if it is a Horror film which is part of a long lasting and well established franchise. It really doesent take a director with a "vision" or something. You already have all the elements of what this franchise is, you just have to use them properly and in a fresh way. But you dont have to reinvent the wheel. There is only so much you can do with the Friday Franchise. (Setting it in Space was a nice little idea, it played out mediocre.) It isent necesary anyway. A grounded Jason-film can work just fine. As I said, no visionary guy necessary, just get a good craftsman, someone who knows to make a movie properly. At least from the technical movie making aspect.

So, who could the director be? I am not going to name names here, just tell you what I think of Horror directors in general. A studio can basically go for Hacks and Studio-Whores, Yes-Sayers, they can still deliver a decent Friday film. Look at Marcus Nispel. Not a very creative guy, but he knew what it needed to pull off a Friday-movie.

Tons of mediocre directors out there would LOVE to see their names attached to a Horror icon. And just in case you dont find a Hack who is willing to direct the 13th film in a franchise...You still have like 500 music video directors who are EAGER to do their first major motion picture effort. Platinum Dunes did it with Samuel Bayer for NoES. He never made a movie before, he never did after. Samuel Bayer wasent the creator of this film, he was just the executer. And thats all it takes for a decent Friday flick.

And sometimes, not always, but sometimes, stunning careers rise from giving a music video director a first feature film. Look at Marc Webb. Hell, look at David fucking Fincher! Finchers first film was a threequel of a SciFi Horror Series, and whilst it ended up as mediocre, it was the starting point for the filmography of one of Hollywoods biggest talents alive today. Closing point: It is not hard to find a decent director for a new Friday-film.


3)

Budget.

Okay, this time I ll make it REALLY short. Budget is most likely the biggest and most important issue for a studio deciding wether to greenlight a movie or not. But why is that the case with Friday the 13th? I honestly dont understand. A Friday movie can work just fine with, lets say 30 Millions. AT MAX. The last Friday movie from 2009 had an official budget of 19 Millions. And it did not look cheap at all. It looked okay. So really, where is the problem with greenlighting another one? A Friday movie will ALWAYS make its money back, and be it only for the hardcore Horror nerds seeing it. The character of Jason is established, it will always draw enough people in the theater to justify it. With a budget of 15-25 Millions a WorldWide BoxOffice of 100 Millions would already be a respectable success.


Well, that were my points about making another Friday movie.

What do you guys think? Be sure to leave a comment.
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Tainted87 - 7/30/2012, 12:43 PM
~Facepalm~
jessepostal - 7/30/2012, 12:54 PM
Jason and Friday the 13th have a few different comic runs
jessepostal - 7/30/2012, 1:03 PM
I have to disagree with soto juice man, he can be scary again, those remakes just killed those characters because they were made for the general audience and toned down to shitty movies. If they would make another actual character horror movie they could make people shit there pants, I think another problem these days is that they explain too much, in the original movies like this they didn't dive that far into the origin,They didn't explain why micheal Myers started killing people, and that was the great part. It made it more mysterious. They told u a simple story about a killer, the rhyme or reason didnt matter and people didn't care. Now everyone wants to know why
BarnaclePete - 7/30/2012, 1:26 PM
I'm a huge Friday the 13th fan. By far by favorite horror franchise. I even love Jason X. I think it's hilarious and a lot of fun. I think if you look at what is popular with horror movies right now it's the opposite what was popular in the 70's and 80's. The big hulking killer in the dark just isn't what people are into I think. It will always have it's fans of course, it's just not what the mainstream audience is looking for. Hopefully there will be another Jason movie, but I'm not holding out hope.
@Jessepostal . . I totally agree with you. Not just with these movies though. I think that is a big problem with audiences today. They want everything explained to them. Seems like they don't want anything left open to their own interpretation or have a lingering mystery.
jessepostal - 7/30/2012, 2:06 PM
@barnacle, definitely, there's nothing left to the imagination or to question.
Jollem - 7/30/2012, 2:10 PM
i grew up watching jason and freddy. got in trouble from my teacher for drawing jason killing people on my homework. liked all the jason movies except x, but that's 'cause i haven't seen x. when it's not from space and then goes to space, that can't be good.(leprechaun) i liked the remake but i think jason should just rest for a little while.
yeah, didn't like the rob zombie halloween remakes because they explained everything too much. i'm not really a fan of michael myers but in the original, that kid just snapped and it was never explained. that was more creepy to me
jessepostal - 7/30/2012, 2:18 PM
Friday part 2 is still my fav Friday
EdgyOutsider - 7/31/2012, 1:49 PM
No horror movie is scary. Not even insidious and the paranormal activity and those had alot of buzz. New Line wants to focus on the kid friendly films before going back to horror. They said this forever ago. A potential sequel to both the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street wont happen until they pretty much wanna go back to it. So in smaller words for you, you're gonna be waiting awhile. I must admit that I am a big fan of the Friday the 13th remake, Nightmare remake and the Halloween remake (NOT its sequel).
jessepostal - 7/31/2012, 8:18 PM
i didn't mean scary as in scare you i ment scary as in relevant, scary to the masses,scary to a whole new group of people. i can only think of two movies that scared me my whole life. Pet cemetery and the shining.And i wasn't impying making friday dark and twisted i just said don't dwell into why he does what he does, just let him do it. Make him a threat and psychotic.
jessepostal - 7/31/2012, 8:20 PM
i think the strangers was great in that aspect. You had these psychotics killing for no reason other than that someone was home. They didn't even kill until the end of the movie, yet i know a lot of people who think its the creepiest scariest movie of the past few years
ThatOneDude - 7/31/2012, 8:51 PM
Jason has just been forgotten (SADLY)

Ol' Freddy became such a commercial character that even children weren't scared of him... Greed was the real muderer of Freddy!

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