‘Friday the 13th’: NEW franchise film may be released in 2023
Despite the end of the legal battle, little had been said about a new film in the franchise ‘Friday 13‘ – once the rights were split and apparently a deal had to be made for the development of a new film.
However, it looks like a new horror chapter could be released very soon.
Through your Cameo profile, Sean S. Cunninghamdirector of the original 1980 feature, indicated that the next film in the franchise should be released in 2023.
“Sean S. Cunningham directed and produced the horror ‘Friday the 13th’, creating the iconic villain Jason Voorhees. The franchise has spawned 12 chapters, with the 13th scheduled for next year,” his biography states.
It is worth remembering that, according to the lawyer Larry Zernerthe screenwriter Victor Miller won the legal process and currently owns the rights to the original feature screenplay (US only).
“[O roteirista] Victor Miller and [o diretor] Are Sean Cunningham free to develop their own films based on the franchise? No! Victor only owns the rights to the first film’s script, US only. And while Sean has the rights to the iconic adult Jason with the hockey mask, he can’t legally use him in a movie without Victor’s permission.”
Can Victor and Sean just each make their own separate movies? Not really, Victor only owns US rights and only to the first script and Sean owns adult, hockey mask-wearing Jason but can’t legally use him because of him in a movie without Victor’s permission. It’s complicated. 4/
— Larry Zerner (@Zernerlaw) December 30, 2021
At the end of the day, it is practically impossible to develop a new film in the franchise ‘Friday 13‘ without both parties reaching an agreement, because of this fracture in the saga’s rights.
The expectation is that Victor and Sean will reach a consensus, moving on together, for the development of a new film.
The last film in the franchise was released in 2009 and stars Jared Padalecki. Despite efforts to revive the franchise, the film was a critical failure, recording 26% of approval in Rotten Tomatoes and collecting only $90 million at the worldwide box office.
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