In 1984, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter truly intended to kill off Jason Voorhees once and for all, only for the installment to revive interest in the series. The subsequent film shifted focus to Tommy Jarvis, who was played in Final Chapter by Corey Feldman. When speaking with Yahoo, Feldman revealed how he'd like to return to the franchise in some capacity and how it could reboot the dormant series.
After Jarvis vanquished Jason at the end of Final Chapter, subsequent films dealt with the psychological trauma the character suffered, only for the series to fizzle out and course-correct by reviving Jason.
“I’ve long had this vision of doing our own kind of [Halloween:] H20, which I thought would be great,” Feldman shared. “Everyone seems to have this huge crush on the Tommy Jarvis character. People really got, I don’t know, into the concept about where Tommy is going. They tried to bring him back with three different movies. And every single one never panned out the right way. And yeah, that’s because it’s not Tommy Jarvis, it’s a guy playing Tommy Jarvis. But let’s get back to the roots. Same thing they did with H20.”
Halloween: H20 brought Jamie Lee Curtis back into the franchise, seemingly erasing the events of the third through sixth films.
“What would have happened if all those other [Friday the 13th] movies were just some kind of bad nightmare?" Feldman posited. "And the reality is that we last saw Tommy in the hospital room with his sister [in Final Chapter], and we think Jason is dead. You want to bring him back from that point, and continue the story thirty years later. 'Oh, my god, he still exists!' That’s the movie I think everyone wants to see.”
The actor was so passionate about the concept, in fact, that he even pitched the concept to New Line Cinema, the studio who held the rights at the time.
“We actually got as far as the writer, great guy, he was on board, and he really wanted to do this. He was excited,” Feldman confessed. “Barney Cohen, he was the original writer from [The Final Chapter]. He wanted to come back."
Rather than reverting to the old mythology, Platinum Dunes earned the rights to the property and attempted to reboot the franchise by recycling ideas from the first three films into one movie in 2009.
“At the end of the day, I don’t think fans were too gung-ho about that,” Feldman admitted.0comments
The 2009 reboot is the last installment in the series, with no official word yet on a new production moving forward, despite various attempts.