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Quentin Tarantino’s Friday The 13th was just too good to be true

Chris Weston May 13, 2022

Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Leatherface, Michael Myers – every horror fan has their favourite slasher with Jason Voorhees often appearing at the top of the list.

The franchise was born with Sean S Cunningham’s Friday The 13th in 1980, helping to popularise the slasher genre that truly took off with John Carpenter’s Halloween.

Since then the character has appeared in 11 other movies, the last one being the 2009 Friday The 13th remake helmed by Marcus Nispel.

As we look back at that movie on the real Friday the 13th (2022), we’re reminded there hasn’t been an entry in the franchise for 13 years. Taking that into consideration, it really would’ve been great to see the series resurrected for a 13th entry after 13 years… on Friday the 13th no less.

Nevertheless, that just isn’t the world we’re living in.

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There have been murmurs and rumours of a potential instalment over the years but unfortunately it never materialised. However, we’re here to focus our lens on one in particular… what exactly was the deal with Quentin Tarantino’s Friday The 13th?

The acclaimed filmmaker behind modern classics Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill has long been vocal about his passion for horror cinema. Yet, he’s never actually taken to the director’s chair and helmed a horror picture himself. Fans of Friday The 13th have argued about what Tarantino’s take on Jason might look like for years.

However, we’re here to shatter some dreams; he was never actually planning to direct a Friday The 13th movie. It’s the unicorn of horror cinema, so to speak.

Far Out Magazine highlights IGN reported rumours of Tarantino working on a franchise entry in 2005 and a number of other news outlets essentially jumped on the wagon.

IGN wrote: “None other than Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino is in final negotiations to write and direct the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie, an all-new Friday The 13th for New Line.”

However, Tarantino dispelled all notions in March 2005 during a chat with Contact Music:

“What’s happening with Friday The 13th? Nothing at all. I like Jason and everything but I’ve no intention of directing a movie. New Line talked to me about it but it was a complete fabrication. I would love to do a horror film. I’m just saying it’s not going to be Friday The 13th.“

So, while Tarantino has said he was never in final negotiations to tackle the project, you’ll still occasionally hear somebody asking, whatever happened to Tarantino taking it on?

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There are still hopes a Friday The 13th movie will finally reach viewers but there’s no way we’ll see the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood director showcasing his unique approach at the helm.

After Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Tarantino confirmed he would only direct one more movie. It’s uncertain what that project will be but, needless to say, it’s not as though he’s going to suddenly change his mind and go out on a campground slasher.

We can dream though… we can dream.

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Chris has a First Class Film and Journalism (Joint Honours) degree from De Montfort University and previously studied film at A-level, making him HITC’s resident movie guy. Chris's passion for all things cinema has been with him from a very young age and he has written for a number of publications, from Taste of Cinema to local sites. He has been with HITC for a five years, exploring the world of film and television while looking out for the latest titles to excite and inspire audiences.