Pitting Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees in 2003 made for an epic battle royale, but the fighting started long before the actors went before the cameras. The nightmarish, behind the scenes saga of Freddy vs Jason began almost a decade before the film was released. And despite being a critical and financial success, a darling to horror fans of all specificities, and ending with the door wide opened for a sequel, studio executives seemingly can’t get a follow-up off the ground to save their lives.
Last March, we announced the release of Slash of the Titans: The Road to Freddy vs Jason, by Dustin McNeill (the author of the much-respected Phantasm Exhumed). Check it out:
Official Synopsis: PLACE YOUR BETS, WINNER KILLS ALL! From the author of Phantasm Exhumed comes Slash of the Titans, a revealing look at why it took New Line Cinema nearly ten years and four-million-dollars to find the right screenplay for Freddy vs Jason. Featuring new interviews with the original writers and filmmakers, Slash details the production’s troubled history from the surprise ending of Jason Goes to Hell all the way to the crossover’s red carpet premiere. Read about the many rejected storylines and learn how the project was eventually able to escape from development hell. This is the story of one film, two horror icons, and seventeen screenwriters!
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McNeil recently shared an excerpt from his book with Phantasm Archives, revealing an early script for Freddy vs Jason saw Krueger getting drilled by a Phantasm Sphere!
I closely studied ten different pitches that were seriously considered for the film and in one of those pitches, Freddy Krueger gets drilled by the Tall Man’s silver sphere! No joke! This was a legitimate screenplay that New Line bought and nearly made. Written by UK scribe Peter Briggs (who also co-wrote the first Hellboy), this draft found Freddy and Jason chasing survivors from earlier Elm Street and Friday sequels through hell. And what should slam right into Freddy’s forehead? The Tall Man’s silver sphere! The screenwriter confessed in our interview that he was an enormous horror fan and wanted to sneak in these kinds of jokes/cameos for his audience.
As a fan of Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Phantasm (like McNeill obviously is) I can’t help but marvel at both the Tall Man Easter Egg and the overall synopsis; I’d go so far as to say it sounds much better than the version we actually saw! What do you guys think?
You can purchase a copy of Slash of the Titans: The Road to Freddy vs Jason on Amazon, HERE.