Friday the 13th Producer Exploring New Projects in Jason Universe?


Several months ago, Friday the 13th: The Game publisher Gun Media announced the cancellation of all future DLC for the multiplayer survivor horror title due to a legal issue preventing any new content from the film series to be made. Following this, a recent court ruling in favor of Victor Miller, the original movie’s scriptwriter, declared that he retains rights to the franchise in the U.S., making it difficult for others to use the character of Jason Voorhees. However, the franchise producer Horror, Inc. recently insinuated that it could be exploring new projects in the series' universe.

In a statement shared by Horror, Inc., the Friday the 13th producer expresses its disappointment in the court's ruling, and goes on to say that it is currently considering its options, "including an appeal". To be specific, it was ruled that Mr. Miller's rights are limited to the original screenplay in which Jason’s mother is the killer, and that "his termination notice did not purport to terminate the separate copyright in the iconic supernatural killer who wears a hockey mask". With this legal loophole in place, Horror, Inc. intends to "aggressively explore many opportunities for new projects featuring settings and characters . . .  not included in Mr. Miller’s screenplay".

Perhaps most interestingly is Horror, Inc.'s declaration that it is "currently in development on new projects that are consistent with the ruling". However, no exact time frame was given as to what these Friday the 13th projects are or when they would be revealed, but Horror, Inc. did say it would announce them "soon".

All things considered, it seems as if Horror, Inc. could be moving forward with a completely new game that revolves around Jason, but only by using particular assets from the Friday the 13th universe. Of course, taking into account the vague wording from the franchise producer's statement, it's still unclear at this point in time if a new game is indeed the plan. So, we will have to simply wait and see if the Camp Crystal Lake Killer goes on to get revived in video game form once more.

Friday the 13th: The Game is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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