I recently penned a rare editorial in which I postulated Corey Feldman could potentially save the troubled Friday the 13th franchise (which hasn’t produced a winner since 1988’s The New Blood). To recap:
Corey Feldman has a connection to Friday the 13th that still burns strong. In Part IV: The Final Chapter, Feldman (as young Tommy Jarvis) did what so many others died attempting: He “killed” Jason Voorhees. This launched what many consider an unofficial “Tommy Jarvis Trilogy” within the franchise. While Part V: A New Beginning remains the Black Sheep of the series, Part IV and Part VI: Jason Lives are fan favorites. Feldman was replaced as Jarvis in New Beginning due to scheduling conflicts; no reason has been given for the recast in Jason Lives.
A rebooted Friday the 13th would benefit greatly from the return of the 1st Tommy Jarvis. This could be the familiar thread that pulls in older fans while perhaps appealing to the new blood. Plus, it would be a great chance to put Feldman back into movies, where I still believe he has a bright future (his music career, on the other hand, I have much less faith in).
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It turns out I’m not the only one keen to see Feldman return to Friday the 13th as a grown-up Tommy Jarvis; Feldman himself lobbied hard to make it happen. He dished recently in an interview with MovieWeb.com:
Feldman: “I’ve long had this vision of doing our own kind of H20. Which I thought would be great,” Feldman told the site. “Everyone seems to have this huge crush on the Tommy Jarvis character. People really got, I don’t know, into the concept about where Tommy is going. They tried to bring him back with three different movies. And every single one never panned out the right way. And yeah, that’s because it’s not Tommy Jarvis, it’s a guy playing Tommy Jarvis. But let’s get back to the roots. Same thing they did with H20.”
“What would have happened if all those other movies were just some kind of bad nightmare? And the reality is that we last saw Tommy in the hospital room with his sister, and we think Jason is dead. You want to bring him back from that point, and continue the story thirty years later. Oh, my god, he still exists! That’s the movie I think everyone wants to see.”
“We actually got as far as the writer, great guy, he was on board, and he really wanted to do this. He was excited. Barney Cohen, he was the original writer from Part 4. He wanted to come back. His concept was, if you’re really going to do this, who else would you bring back? And I said, ‘You have to go to Frank Mancuso, and get him back in the game.’ As you know, he left the franchise years ago. And I think we should talk to Joe Zito, and get the original crew back together, and do it the right way. That was an idea we were floating.”
Obviously, Feldman’s ideas never came to fruition. Friday fans are hoping the current property owners, Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures can bring something new to fruition in time for the original film’s 40th Anniversary in 2020. Time will tell.
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