Friday the 13th & House Reboot On Way
Sean S. Cunningham is currently working to get started on rebooting two films he had a major hand in earlier in his career. Cunningham is aiming to bring Jason Voorhees back to the big screen as well as reboot the fan favourite 1985 horror-comedy House.
Until recently Jason Voorhees and his iconic slasher series Friday the 13th was tangled in a major legal battle between creators Sean S. Cunningham and Victor Miller. With it settled (to some extent) it appears fans can start looking forward to seeing the beloved slasher make a comeback.
Cunningham is also producing upcoming original horror The Night Driver with writer Jeff Locker and director Jeremy Weiss.
“The Night Driver is a film about an everyday salesman who regularly drives across the country selling pharmaceuticals,” Jeremy Weiss teases to Bloody Disgusting. “One night on a backroad he encounters a madman who seems to be following him, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. All he wants to do is make it home alive to his family at any cost; and by the time it’s over, he realizes that he’s either escaped the terror or it’s followed him home.” - Jeremy Weiss
As reported by Bloody Disgusting, Locker said they naturally got talking about Friday the 13th and House.
“Sean hired me to do a rewrite on The Night Driver and after working closely with director Jeremy Weiss and him on that, we naturally got to talking about Friday the 13th and House. Jeremy and I pitched our dream reboot of Friday the 13th – with Sean’s blessing to keep developing it with him.”
Miller in the meantime is working with Bryan Fuller and A24 on a franchise prequel series, titled Crystal Lake, for Peacock. Locker went on to say how having both projects could work well together.
“Obviously, the prequel TV series has reignited interest about a new film so we’re hoping the surrounding excitement will inspire both sides to come together and give us Jason on the big screen again for the first time in 14 years, but we also have a Plan B for a sequel to the original we think fans will absolutely love and should avoid any legal entanglements.”
And as for bring back Big Ben in a House reboot, Locker explains they plan to reimagine the original film; there’s also an “accompanying video game concept.”
“The House reboot is both an update and reimagining of the classic series, centering around the birth of a haunted house. Lots of great scares and howl-at-the-screen laughs, plus we’re bringing back a few of your favorite monsters from the original for some really fun but equally terrifying kills. I’m working on the script as we speak and all I can say is I’m having a fucking BLAST!”