In a new, extended interview with Yahoo! Movies (via MovieWeb), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter star Corey Feldman discussed his iconic portrayal of the young Tommy Jarvis, entertaining the notion of reprising the role for a new Friday the 13th entry.
“I’ve long had this vision of doing our own kind of H20,” Feldman said, referring to the Halloween sequel that, 20 years later, brought back Jamie Lee Curtis as the iconic Laurie Strode. “Which I thought would be great. Everyone seems to have this huge crush on the Tommy Jarvis character. People really got, I don’t know, into the concept about where Tommy is going. They tried to bring him back with three different movies. And every single one never panned out the right way. And yeah, that’s because it’s not Tommy Jarvis, it’s a guy playing Tommy Jarvis. But let’s get back to the roots. Same thing they did with H20.”
Feldman entertained the idea that, if the film were made, it would ignore all the movies that came after his debut in The Final Chapter (which was actually the fourth entry in the franchise). “What would have happened if all those other movies were just some kind of bad nightmare,” Feldman said. “And the reality is that we last saw Tommy in the hospital room with his sister, and we think Jason is dead. You want to bring him back from that point, and continue the story thirty years later. Oh, my god, he still exists! That’s the movie I think everyone wants to see.”
Well, it turns out Feldman pitched the idea to New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., that owned the franchise for a little over a decade. “I actually pitched that,” he said. “And we actually got as far as the writer, great guy, he was on board, and he really wanted to do this. He was excited. Barney Cohen, he was the original writer from Part 4. He wanted to come back. His concept was, if you’re really going to do this, who else would you bring back? And I said, ‘You have to go to Frank Mancuso, and get him back in the game.’ As you know, he left the franchise years ago. And I think we should talk to Joe Zito, and get the original crew back together, and do it the right way. That was an idea we were floating. It all came down to the rights ordeal. And the reason there hasn’t been another Friday the 13th movie in so long. Which is because it is owned by three different studios and five different properties. The problem is you have a franchise that is this is divided up by all this litigation.”
Feldman said New Line even proposed he reprise his role as Tommy at one point, something that would have happened, had Platinum Dunes not scooped the property just before making the acclaimed 2009 reboot film. “But that’s when Platinum Dunes bought it. And they put out that remake. Which, I’ll leave my opinion alone. But at the end of the day, I don’t think the fans were too gungho about that. At the end of the day, they said ‘Let’s fix it.’ And they wanted to fix it by doing the sequel that everyone wants to see. So it came back up again. But it was like, ‘Nooooo! We’re going to do a sequel to the reboot.’ But that didn’t happen. It got shut down,” Feldman said.
Tommy Jarvis is iconic for a number of reasons, chief among them being that he was the first character in the franchise to (temporarily) kill Jason Voorhees. The Final Chapter, Feldman’s first film, was intended (as the title suggests) to be the last entry in the franchise. However, due to its success, the film spawned six other films.
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