With the recent news that Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to Halloween and Linda Hamilton is coming back to Terminator, it would seem that more and more franchises are making the smart decision to hit the reboot button while also returning to the original storylines that made us all fall in love with them in the first place.
If there’s any one iconic figure in the Friday the 13th franchise, other than Jason Voorhees, it’s of course Tommy Jarvis. Could he be the next to make a grand return?
Over the years, The Final Chapter star Corey Feldman has time and time again expressed a desire to bring back Tommy Jarvis proper – the character of course returned in the subsequent two films, played by different actors in each one – and in a new chat with Yahoo (via Movie Web), he laid out his idea for making that happen.
In short, he envisions his return as the Friday franchise’s version of Halloween H20.
“I’ve long had this vision of doing our own kind of H20. Which I thought would be great,” Feldman told the site. “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 continued, “What would have happened if all those other movies were just some kind of bad nightmare? 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.”
According to Feldman, he once pitched this very idea to New Line.
“We actually got as far as the writer, great guy, he was on board, and he really wanted to do this. He was excited,” Feldman recalled. “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.”
Ultimately, Platinum Dunes got hold of the franchise and decided to do a full-on reboot of the saga, resulting in the 2009 remake of the Friday the 13th series.
“At the end of the day, I don’t think fans were too gung-ho about that,” noted Feldman.