There have been a few attempts to revive the “Friday the 13th” film franchise in recent years, only to collapse due to the drama surrounding the rights to the saga. Jason Blum recently declared his interest in rebooting the slasher franchise after the success of “Halloween” (via Screen Rant), but that probably won’t happen anytime soon. As WhatCulture points out, “Friday the 13th” is at the center of an ongoing lawsuit between Victor Miller, the writer of the original film, and Sean S. Cunningham, the director of the first film and producer of several sequels. It’s complicated and very messy.
According to Certified Forgotten, there is a lot of confusion over who owns the rights to “Friday the 13th” and the character of Jason Voorhees. You can’t have one without the other, but that could be the resolution after the legal drama ends. Adult Jason technically didn’t enter the franchise as the main villain until “Friday the 13th Part II,” which means that, theoretically, it can be argued that he has nothing to do with the events of the first film. (Was Jason the dead one in the water etc? Maybe not.) Therefore, it’s possible that Jason would return to the screen in something unrelated to “Friday the 13th.” , with a whole new story. But that’s for the courts to decide, and so far no settlement has been reached.