Corey Feldman Says Studio is Considering Sequel to ‘Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter’
In a recent interview, ‘Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter’ star Corey Feldman revealed that he and the film’s screenwriter Barney Cohen have pitched a direct sequel to the franchise’s most beloved installment.
In 1984, Corey Feldman was a rising child star and Jason Voorhees was a box office juggernaut. Both took part in what many believe to be the finest ‘Friday the 13th’ film, the fourth installment which was incorrectly sub-titled ‘The Final Chapter.’. Easily the most menacing outing from the hockey-masked, teen murdering psychopath, the film was so successful it spawned multiple sequels, despite the fact that the series could’ve ended on a high note with Jason’s death at the hands of young Tommy Jarvis (played by Feldman).
28 years, eight sequels and a reboot later, the stock of both Feldman and Voorhees have plummeted drastically. Feldman hasn’t headlined a major motion picture since 1993’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III’ and plans for a sequel to the somewhat successful ‘Friday the 13th’ reboot have basically been abandoned. According to Feldman, both his career and the franchise may be injected with some “new blood.”
According to Movieweb, Feldman has collaborated with Friday 4 writer Barney Cohen on a script for a follow-up to the film. “The idea is something we have been brewing for a few years. It’s something I thought up, maybe, ten years ago. Then the fans came to me,” says Feldman. “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….It has gone through the pipeline. We will see where it lies.”
Feldman further revealed he is in talks with Cohen and even director Joseph Zito, who also directed ‘The Final Chapter,’ about the new film. Feldman’s lack of star power these days may not be the biggest obstacle in getting Friday 4 part 2 underway though, it’s the business end that makes it a tough sell.
“No one really knows where the franchise lives,” says Feldman of the franchise that was last controlled by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes studio. “That’s a whole separate investigative story for you. Who does own 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.”
As much as we loved Friday 4, are we just supposed to forget the film’s eight sequels? Hell, Feldman even had a cameo in part 5 and his character (an older version of him anyway) was the main focus of 5 and 6. We’re all for another ‘Friday the 13th’ that takes place within the world of the original films, but not if it means sweeping the events of 5 through ‘Freddy Vs. Jason’ under the rug. Well, we could probably get rid of ‘Jason Goes to Hell’ and ‘Jason X.’