Damian Shannon and Mark Swift revealed in a recent Q&A that they are actively trying to make a sequel.
When Friday the 13th hit the theaters, it instantly became one of the best slasher movies of all time, and thus spawning numerous sequels. But it was 2003's Freddy vs Jason that horror fans had to wait sixteen long years to finally watch it. This 2003 slasher movie brought together one of the most iconic horror pairs of all time: Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, even though the final scene of the movie was left to the audience to interpret. The movie was made on a budget of $30 million and the international box office collection was $116.6 million.
After the movie's massive success, it is only natural to wonder why a sequel to it never got made. Despite talks of a reboot of the OG Friday the 13th movie, there has been no information about Freddie vs Jason sequel. However, there is a silver lining to this, as the writers of Freddie vs Jason are still keen on making a sequel. This topic emerged during a Twitter Q&A. Writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift revealed that they are still trying to make the sequel a reality especially when Shannon and Swift were asked about what happened to an alternate ending where Pinhead from Hellraiser also appeared to intervene Freddy and Jason from fighting.
We would always love to do another one... but it's always good to get fresh eyes on the material, no? We've had our day. We've written for Jason more than any other writer, I think. Let someone new come in and give it fresh blood!— Shannon & Swift (@shannonandswift) March 13, 2020
They said, "Not gonna tell you as we still want to get it made! We would always love to do another one. But it’s always good to get fresh eyes on the material, no? We’ve had our day. We’ve written for Jason more than any other writer, I think. Let someone new come in and give it fresh blood!" For the uninitiated, there were many other endings to Freddy vs Jason. One of the most unusual ones was a boxing match in Hell that was supposed to be attended by Adolf Hitler and Ted Bundy, and the other one was a courtroom drama. After hearing about all these other alternative endings, the idea of Pinhead appearing the sequel doesn't sound so far-fetched, as it might even attract the attention of both the franchises.
At present, the original writer and director of the franchise are stuck in a legal battle regarding the ownership of the rights to the movie series since a US copyright law has questioned the rights to their work. Late writer/director Wes Craven has also pursued the rights of A Nightmare on Elm Street and reports have suggested that it is moving forward with a new movie that is by no means connected to the original franchise. Whatever the case might be, a sequel to Friday the 13th won't be happening anytime soon but the glimmer of hope given by the writers to us is going to have to be enough for now.
The original Friday the 13th movie released in 1980 was directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The movie follows the story of a group of teenage camp counselors who are murdered one by one by an unknown killer who is trying to open its own summer camp. Upon its release, the movie was a major box office success and earned over $59.8 million worldwide. While the movie received mixed reviews from critics, the audience enjoyed it thoroughly. Over the years, the entire franchise has attained a cult status.