One could argue that Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter is the best sequel in the twelve films made thus far in the franchise. It has some of the series’ greatest kills, it features George McFly (Crispin Glover) getting a corkscrew in the eyeball, and it sets up Jason Voorhees’ greatest adversary in Tommy Jarvis, originally played by Corey Feldman.
12-year-old Tommy Jarvis, an SFX make-up enthusiast, was the only person to ever defeat Jason single handedly in a fist fight (so to speak). And for years, fans have been clamoring for his return.
The character appeared again in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, played for a second time by Corey Feldman in a flashback at the very beginning of the movie. John Shepherd then assumes the role, playing an older Jarvis who winds up at a halfway house for special needs kids. The character appeared for a 3rd and final time in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, which found the great Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead) occupying the role. That film was supposed to bring Jason and Jarvis’ feud to a close with an epic battle, but it never quite lived up to fans’ expectations.
Now, original Tommy Jarvis, Corey Feldman, is planning to reprise the role for what will be the 13th film in the long standing franchise, Friday the 13th Part XIII: Jason Vs. Jarvis in 3D.
The actor even has original Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter writer Barney Cohen back on board. The pair have taken the project to the studio, with this sequel currently in the pipeline awaiting a green light soon.
This is what Corey Feldman had to say about the impending project, which will bring the original first four movies full circle.
“The idea is something we have been brewing for a few years. Its something I thought up, maybe, ten years ago. Then the fans came to me. They said, “Hey, we want to do this, what do you think?” I said, “I think it’s a great idea.” They said, “We saw your interview where you were talking about it, and now we want to really get it going.” So, we took it to the studio. Now we are in the political arms of the studio. We will see what happens. It is something where I have been talking to the original writer, Barney Cohen, about it. He wrote the original Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter script. And we have talked to the original producers of that script, and the original director. It has gone through the pipeline. We will see where it lies.”
The one thing currently standing in the way of production is the fact that its hard to pin point where, and with whom, the franchise rights lie. Platinum Dunes was set to make a sequel to their remake a few years back, but abandoned that idea, which would have seen Jason slaying teens through a snow heavy winter. While they no longer have the rights, it seems that the series may still rest with Warner Bros., who released their rebooted Friday the 13th in 2009. Though, it’s no longer under producer Michael Bay, or is it?
Its not, no. That is part of the problem. No one really knows where the franchise lives. That’s a whole separate investigative story for you. Who does owns the Friday The 13th rights anymore? No one really knows. I think it is with Warner Bros. I think Platinum Dunes dropped the title. I don’t think they had any more interest in it. But don’t quote me on that. I am not the end all, be all when it comes to the Friday The 13th franchise. Or Michael Bay. Or any of that. I don’t want to be put on record saying the wrong thing, or making up rumors, or whatever. There are lots of things. The last thing I want to do is make a statement as the end all, be all official last word on anything.”
This is one project we hope moves forward soon. It sounds like the perfect set up for a 13th film in the series, which would be a landmark sequel. Hopefully, Corey Feldman can also convince Thom Mathews to come out of retirement for at least a cameo.