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HORROR INC. USHER IN “NEW ERA” OF “FRIDAY THE 13th” WITH THE “JASON UNIVERSE”

Posted on: May 31st, 2024

Following the disappointment of A24 and Peacock’s Crystal Lake series being put aside, fans were initially ecstatic to hear Horror Inc. announce plans for a “Jason Universe.”

Said to be ushering in “a new era” of the Friday the 13th franchise, the venture will be overseen by Robbie Barsamian and Victor Miller.

Despite huge initial excitement, fans quickly realised this new “Universe” would not herald any new film or television outings for Jason.

In a statement released by Horror Inc., the “Jason Universe” is described as follows:
“For decades, Jason shocked and thrilled audiences who kept coming back for more. We’re excited to work with Victor Miller and Marc Toberoff on new projects we’ll announce in the coming months. We’re focused on honoring the legacy while elevating the fan experience and appealing to today’s horror audiences as we develop new ways to watch, interact and engage with Jason Universe.”

Further statements clarified that Horror Inc. intents to focus on video games, merchandise, and immersive experiences and activations with their new Jason Universe.

This immediately disheartened fans, as it became obvious that no television of film projects are being considered. This is likely because New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. are not convinced the Friday the 13th property is a viable money-maker.

The launch of a separate “Jason Universe” focusing on video games, toys and collectibles merely seems to be a ploy to keep the property relevant. Reliable sources tell us it is the hope that if money continues to be made from these ventures, the studios will eventually relent and bring the series back.

So, what initially seemed like some incredible news is nothing more than a cash-grab… What a shame. With Crystal Lake at a crossroads and nothing cinematic on the horizon, can Friday the 13th even be saved?

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