One of 2017’s biggest disappointments was Paramount’s sudden cancellation of Friday the 13th Part XIII, just weeks before the film was set to shoot. The script revealed an origin story for Jason Voorhees was in the works, something hardcore Friday fans have long been divided on. The current situation with the property rights for Friday the 13th means we probably won’t see another attempt at a reboot until 2019—if ever.
Is it even possible to reboot this classic 1980s property in a way that will appease uber-fans while presenting something new and unique for millennials? Perhaps, but it won’t be easy. There is someone, however, who may just have the power to give a renewed Friday the 13th the spark it needs; this unlikely hero is Corey Feldman.
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Regular readers of Horror Freak News know I tend to pick on Feldman, but I swear it’s out of love. After seeing him in Stand By Me, I was convinced he’d grow into an adult actor of extreme significance; his acting chops are undeniable. So it’s been with a bit consternation that I’ve been razzing him; a quarter-decade after his prime, Feldman still looks and acts like someone in his early twenties, like he’s been living in a time loop that keeps him stuck in 1991. Watching his recent reinvention as a dancing pop star has been entertaining, but not because of how good he is. Corey and the Angeles is a live-action adolescent fantasy, featuring Feldman backed by a group of interchangeable sex objects dressed in lingerie.
Still, 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).
So would Feldman be interested? Hell yes, he would! Here’s how the topic came up during a recent inquiry into his lack of participation in Friday the 13th: The Game.
“When they were fundraising [the game], [producers] contacted me. This was pretty early on. But then I didn’t hear from them. They must have went another way. Which is cool, but if they’re still wanting me to be involved, it’s possible. But I really wanna do the H20 type movie where I come back as Tommy. That’s what I really want.”
That’s what this guy wants too! What do you think Friday fans? Could Feldman be the missing ingredient needed for future Friday success? Let’s discuss in the Comments section.