Responding to a question about the sequel’s development status on Twitter yesterday, producer Bradley Fuller declared “it is dead- not happening.”
Previously, the studio had been fast-tracking a sequel which would have been shot in 3D and transplanted killer Jason Voorhees from tranquil Crystal Lake to a wintery locale where he would supposedly terrorize snowboarders and skiers. The studio and distributor Warner Brothers were hoping to have the film in theaters this August, on the 13th of course.
This seems an odd move for the studio, considering that the film made over $91 million at the box office worldwide against its modest budget of $19 million. With such a clear hit on their hands, it seems like a no-brainer to get a follow-up into theaters as soon as possible. Unfortunately, no one has said what has happened behind the scenes to have stopped a surefire money maker dead in its tracks.