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FRIDAY THE 13TH Kaput?

This isn’t meant to be a clickbait title. For the record, I’m not making any such claim. The writer of this article from over at Bloody Disgusting, however, is suggesting this is a real possibility. Allow me to quote: “But over time, the probability of a new Friday the 13th, in particular, starts to look less and less likely. The lawsuit that has prevented a new movie may or may not be ending soon, but it’s seemed as if it would come to a close so many times before with no avail. Add to that the fact that Friday the 13th: The Game has finally, officially received its last update. The height of the game’s popularity would have, without a doubt, been the perfect time to push a new Jason flick into production, but instead it became the only new Friday the 13th content of any kind we’ve seen in a decade. The game reintroduced Jason into the mainstream, at least for a short time, and now that moment is kind of over. Jason’s only continuing to fade from the public consciousness, most merchandise bearing his iconic hockey mask typically meant for collectors already familiar with the franchise. Nothing’s really being made to introduce new people. Because of that, the chances basically increase day by day that when the lawsuit resolves and there’s even the option to make a Friday the 13th movie again, it won’t really be a viable brand to consider reviving in the way that it had been only a couple of years ago.”

Is this person serious? Does he/she honestly thing a new Jason movie isn’t “viable”? I would hope the writer is really young; that might explain the naiveté. His/her comments might be true, if we were talking about a movie that would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, a “tentpole” blockbuster, a movie that would have to rake in a billion dollars to break even. But none of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films cost even a fraction of that to make, thus they all were deliciously lucrative. And all the waiting has only served to whet the appetite of the movie-going public. *And* the whole FRIDAY franchise has now been around long enough to have passed beyond generational fare and into icon status. A new Jason flick is guaranteed to happen at some point, and whenever it happens—hopefully sooner rather than later—it will be a success, also guaranteed.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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