Friday the 13th fans could soon return to Camp Crystal Lake at last, according to a veteran horror producer with credits on It, The Ring, The Grudge and more.
In an appearance on Bloody Disgusting’s The Boo Crew podcast (opens in a new tab)horror producer Roy Lee seemed to tease what would be the first new Friday the 13th movie since 2009’s criminally underrated remake. “That’s something I’d love to talk about. You might hear something by the end of the year. . on that front,” Lee said.
Of course, Lee didn’t specifically say what kind of news we should expect, but the fact that he appears to be in the know suggests that a new project could already be in the works. And considering Lee is very much a film and TV producer, it’s likely that what he knows is a new movie or series in the franchise, and not something like a video game adaptation or comic book. For what it’s worth, Friday the 13th: The Game, publisher Gun Media, has left Jason Voorhees behind and is working with developer Sumo Digital on a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre game.
Since 2018, the prolific Friday the 13th franchise has been involved in a messy legal battle between the original film’s director, Sean Cunningham, and its writer, Victor Miller. We don’t have any concrete news to share just yet, but considering Lee’s remarkable profile in the horror community, it’s safe to expect some news soon, either this year or next.
Lee’s production credits date back to the 2002 American remake of The Ring, for which he executive produced. He was also EP on The Ring 2, the American remake of The Grudge (Ju-On in Japan), The Grudge 2, and a few other J-horror movies. Most recently, he was involved in producing the 2016 Blair Witch reboot, 2017’s It, It Chapter Two, the 2020 Grudge remake, and Godzilla vs. Kong. Needless to say, it would be very, very interesting to see his opinion of Jason.
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