Hollywood producer Roy Lee excitedly teases that news regarding the Friday the 13th franchise could be coming soon. While some moviegoers may have forgotten about Jason Voorhees’ dominance on the silver screen, horror fans are painfully aware of the 13 years the iconic slasher has been missing from theaters. Since 2009’s Friday the 13th reboot, however, no new projects have been created due to a lawsuit filed by screenwriter Victor Miller, who penned the 1980 classic. Miller took advantage of a provision of U.S. Copyright Law to reclaim the rights to his work after 35 years from original director Sean S. Cunningham, and he successfully won the case and subsequent appeals.
Although Miller has the rights to the 1980 film’s screenplay, Cunningham retains the rights to the character of adult Jason Voorhees; the two must effectively work together to produce any material stemming from those artistic elements. Due to their lengthy legal battle, audiences have speculated that the two parties would be unable to resolve their differences and create new Friday the 13th content. Hope arrived in 2018 when LeBron James showed interest in a reboot, but the project never took off due to the ongoing lawsuit.
Now, LeBron’s partner in the Friday the 13th reboot, Vertigo Entertainment founder Roy Lee, shares an exclusive update with the Bloody Disgusting podcast The Boo Crew that should excite fans. Without divulging anything substantial, Lee hints that news regarding the iconic slasher franchise could be coming by the end of the year. Check out the full quote below:
That one is something that I would love to talk about. You may be hearing something by year’s end… on that front.
While it isn’t much to go on, Lee’s optimism about sharing Friday the 13th updates is good news for longtime viewers that want to see Jason come back to life. While a new film or series is a viable option following Miller’s legal victory, unless he and Cunningham agree on how to utilize the material, any potential project is dead on arrival. Lee, an experienced producer on IT and the upcoming thriller movie Barbarian, likely facilitated such an agreement already and is waiting for the legal go-ahead to share an official announcement.
If the speculation is true, it means that Lee and James will be producing a Friday the 13th project very soon, whether that be the reboot discussed in 2018 or something else entirely. Horror fans are historically fickle about reboots, and the involvement of a celebrity like James and his Springhill Entertainment is another source of criticism. Fans could warm up to the reboot idea if Lee’s news results in something tangible, and after 13 long years without Jason Voorhees, they may not have much room to lament a new project of any kind. At the moment, it sounds like the public won’t know anything until closer to the end of 2022.
Source: Bloody Disgusting