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Friday the 13th Sequel Essentially Confirmed

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BY October 2, 2022
Horror fans, it’s time to gear yourselves up! The film studio, New Line Cinema, has essentially confirmed that they’re working on a Friday the 13th sequelRecently, they posted a picture on their Instagram of a phone screen. On the screen, there’s a notification from Instagram, which reads, “Jason Voorhees wants to send you a new message.” That’s not a message that anyone wants to receive!Additionally, New Line Cinema put the caption for the post as “Uh oh. What do you think Jason Voorhees wants?!.” If that isn’t confirming that they’re developing a Friday the 13th sequel, then we don’t know what does! You can check out the post below.Many people have rumored that the team’s been working on a Friday the 13th sequel for a while. Previously, Paramount Pictures owned the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise, and they released eight films in the series. These were Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part 3 and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Paramount Pictures followed these films with Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.

However, Paramount Pictures later sold the franchise to New Line Cinema. This production company released the three most recent entries in the franchise. These are Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X,  Freddy vs Jason, and Friday the 13th. The last time we got an entry in the franchise was back in 2009, so we’ve been overdue a Friday the 13th sequel for quite a few years now! Jason Voorhees has starred in almost all entries in the franchise.

Friday the 13th Legal Issues

Friday the 13th Sequel Image: Paramount Pictures/New Line Cinema

There’s been plenty of hints at another entry in the series. After all, the producer Roy Lee said last month:

is something that I would love to talk about. You may be hearing something by year’s end… on that front.” Lee previously worked on hit horror films such as Blair Witch, It and The Ring. He’s been rumored to be working on a Friday the 13th sequel since 2018, although this is the first real confirmation that he’s attached to it.

In 2018, Lee was going to create the film through this production studio, Vertigo Entertainment. However, some legal issues with the franchise creators meant that it was delayed until 2021, when the case was eventually settled. The original director and producer of the first film, Sean S Cunningham, was in a legal dispute with the writer of the film, Victor Miller. Eventually, Miller won the case in 2021, giving him the domestic rights to the Friday the 13th franchise.

Despite this, Cunningham still owns the rights to the adult version of Jason Voorhees. If a Friday the 13th sequel is in the works, then the team will need to get the rights to this character and the setting of Camp Crystal Lake. If that weren’t enough, they’d also need to gain rights to the Friday the 13th title for the films! Since New Line Cinema is hinting at a sequel, particularly one involving Jason  Voorhees, it seems that these legal issues may finally end.

Friday the 13th Sequel Plot

Friday the 13th Sequel Image: Paramount Pictures/New Line Cinema

Unfortunately, we know very little about the details of a Friday the 13th sequel. There’s no word if it’ll be a direct sequel like some of the previous entries or something else like the crossover with Nightmare on Elm Street. They might reboot the franchise or create a sequel to the original film, like 2018’s Halloween. If the studio goes in this direction, this will allow them to include other characters from the summer Camp Crystal Lake. Perhaps we’ll see Pamela Voorhees return in this film.

Additionally, there’s no news on when the film might release. However, speculation states that New Line Cinema’s production company will release the film in 2023, most likely in time for Halloween. Since the original film was released, Friday the 13th has been a staple scary movie and one of the most iconic horror movie franchises. The film spawned a bunch of spin-offs and merchandise, like video games and television shows. We would certainly welcome another Friday the 13th sequel!

What are your thoughts? What would you like to see in a Friday the 13th sequel? Which characters or actors do you want to return in the film? Let us know your thoughts below!

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