The courts ruled in the favor of Victor Miller, original screenwriter of the first FRIDAY THE 13th. He has now regained ownership from the film’s producer and director Sean S. Cunningham. This is great news, yes?! Now we will finally get a new FRIDAY THE 13th movie! Right?
Not so fast. As anyone who has seen the film will know, Jason is not the killer in the original film. He only shows up as the supposed-to-have-drowned-but-is-somehow-reanimated boy at the end of the film, coming up out of the water to grab the Final Girl. He didn’t start doing any killing himself until the second FRIDAY THE 13TH film. And he didn’t become the character we all know and love by donning his trademark hockey mask until the third film. Miller’s win in court only grants him rights of ownership for the first film. He doesn’t own Jason. Not the adult Jason.
The movie will happen. Nobody’s going to leave that kind of money layin’ on the table. But there’s still a lot of legal red tape for the suits-in-offices to get through in order to make that happen. Miller’s win is a good first step in the process, but don’t expect any announcements of a new Jason movie anytime soon. (Although I hope they prove me wrong.)