Last year, Blumhouse delivered a direct Halloween sequel 40 years on from John Carpenter‘s original film that not only was well received critically, but also brought home an impressive $253.7 million at the worldwide box office after being made for under $15 million. Thus it’s no surprise to hear that the studio is now considering making sequels to other classic horror films.
Ryan Turek, a producer on the new Halloween, recently spoke to ComicBook.com and talked about how the Friday The 13th franchise is the IP Blumhouse is focused on tackling next. Unfortunately for them there are some hurdles in the way:
“Without question, at the top of my list would be Friday The 13th. Friday The 13th would be the franchise that I would love to work on next. Jason Blum shares that same passion. That is something that is unfortunately complicated. I mean, there’s all sorts of stuff going on not [just] with the video game, but legal stuff”.
Turek went on to mention his love for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and how that would be a possibility too.
A new Friday The 13th film was in the works as recently as 2017, when Paramount cancelled an in-development Part 13 due to the low box office takings of Rings, another belated horror sequel. Since then, as Turek alluded to, there have been legal snafus that make it unclear who exactly has the rights at the moment.
Still, that was initially an issue with Halloween, and Blumhouse was able to sort that out. Maybe they can do the same here. A Friday The 13th sequel will no doubt come at some point considering Hollywood’s current obsession with projects that have built-in audiences. It’s just a matter of which studio will produce the film.
Until then, expect Blumhouse to announce a sequel to Halloween soon. Although the film was well-received as an excellent finale to the franchise, there’s no way any studio can resist the allure of a massive box office gross.