Script pages for the unmade sequel to Friday the 13th (2009) reveal what happened to Jason’s dad, Elias Voorhees
Last Friday, which happened to be a Friday the 13th, screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift shared some pages from the script they wrote for the unmade sequel to the 2009 version of Friday the 13th (watch it HERE). In those pages, we got to read the description of a scene where a character would have been killed by iconic masked slasher Jason Voorhees while riding down a zip line. But those weren’t the only pages Shannon and Swift shared from the script last Friday. They also unveiled a couple pages that reveal what happened to Jason’s dad – and you can read them in this embed:
The fate and location of Jason’s dad has always been a mystery. He wasn’t mentioned in the early run of films – in fact, we never even heard his name, Elias, until the ninth movie, Jason Goes to Hell. Tom McLoughlin, the director of Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, had planned to feature the character in a cameo, but that idea got scrapped before the scene was ever filmed. A flashback in the non-canon comic book Jason vs. Leatherface showed Jason’s mother killing his dad… and as it turns out, we would have seen a version of that happen on screen if the sequel to Friday the 13th (2009) had made it into production.
Directed by Marcus Nispel from a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (who share a story credit with Mark Wheaton), Friday the 13th (2009) has the following synopsis: Against the advice of locals and police, Clay scours the eerie woods surrounding Crystal Lake for his missing sister. But the rotting cabins of an abandoned summer camp are not the only things he finds. Hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees lies in wait for a chance to use his razor-sharp machete on Clay and the group of college students who have come to the forest to party.
The film stars Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Jonathan Sadowski, Julianna Guill, Ben Feldman, Arlen Escarpeta, Ryan Hansen, Willa Ford, Nick Mennell, America Olivo, Kyle Davis, Richard Burgi, Caleb Guss, and Nana Visitor, with Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees. Mears was expected to reprise the role of Jason in the sequel.
Since the reboot made over $91 million at the global box office on a budget of $19 million when it was released in February of 2009, a sequel was quickly announced. That sequel was supposed to be shot in 3-D and released on August 13, 2010. But it was going to be a Warner Bros. and Paramount collaboration, and when the studios couldn’t agree on the money split, the project was shelved. Now we can only read the script pages Shannon and Swift share and imagine what the movie we should have seen thirteen years ago would have been like.
A Friday the 13th TV series called Crystal Lake is now in the works at Peacock and A24, and you can read everything we know about it at THIS LINK.
What did you think of the unmade sequel script pages? Would you have liked to see the scene where Mrs. Voorhees kills Elias in a Friday the 13th movie? Let us know by leaving a comment below.