Horror heads, take heed: In the wake of the massive success of David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel, a new slasher reboot is heading our way.
According to Deadline, Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment are teaming up to take another iconic killer to the big screen: Camp Crystal Lake's Jason Voorhees, who dominated the Friday the 13th franchise with his (usually bloody) machete.
This isn’t the first time in recent years that Friday the 13th — which hit theaters in 1980, two years after John Carpenter’s Halloween breathed new life into the slasher subgenre — was considered for a reboot. Per Deadline, a new version of the film, from company Platinum Dunes, was in the works last year, but has since been scrapped.
The original Friday the 13th tells the story of camp counselors who drop dead, one by one, thanks to an unseen killer. At the end of the film, the murderer is revealed to be Mrs. Voorhees (Betsy Palmer) a woman whose son, Jason, drowned at the camp decades earlier under the watch of less-than-observant counselors.
At the very end of the movie, that not-so-little boy Jason — who would become the iconic "face" of the franchise in a hockey mask — shows up to reveal the film’s supernatural slasher element. (You may remember the classic moment from Scream in which Drew Barrymore's character misremembers this part in the movie... leading to her own slasher death.)
Like the 1978 Halloween, which was followed by many sequels and a Rob Zombie reboot, the OG Friday the 13th spawned 10 sequels and one 2009 "reimagining" of the original four films, starring Supernatural's Jared Padalecki.
As this new version of Friday the 13th is still seeking a writer and director, it's unclear how, exactly, this remake will make itself fresh to a modern-day audience. Still, Jason remains scary as hell, so in whatever form — at least he'll still make our Friday freaky.