12-year-old Tommy Jarvis, an SFX make-up enthusiast, was the only person to ever defeat Jason single handedly in a fist fight (so to speak). And for years, fans have been clamoring for his return.
The character appeared again in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, played for a second time by Corey Feldman in a flashback at the very beginning of the movie. John Shepherd then assumes the role, playing an older Jarvis who winds up at a halfway house for special needs kids. The character appeared for a 3rd and final time in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, which found the great Thom Mathews (The Return of the Living Dead) occupying the role. That film was supposed to bring Jason and Jarvis' feud to a close with an epic battle, but it never quite lived up to fans' expectations.
Now, original Tommy Jarvis, Corey Feldman, is planning to reprise the role for what will be the 13th film in the long standing franchise, Friday the 13th Part XIII: Jason Vs. Jarvis in 3D.
The actor even has original Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter writer Barney Cohen back on board. The pair have taken the project to the studio, with this sequel currently in the pipeline awaiting a green light soon.
This is what Corey Feldman had to say about the impending project, which will bring the original first four movies full circle.
The one thing currently standing in the way of production is the fact that its hard to pin point where, and with whom, the franchise rights lie. Platinum Dunes was set to make a sequel to their remake a few years back, but abandoned that idea, which would have seen Jason slaying teens through a snow heavy winter. While they no longer have the rights, it seems that the series may still rest with Warner Bros., who released their rebooted Friday the 13th in 2009. Though, it's no longer under producer Michael Bay, or is it?
This is one project we hope moves forward soon. It sounds like the perfect set up for a 13th film in the series, which would be a landmark sequel. Hopefully, Corey Feldman can also convince Thom Mathews to come out of retirement for at least a cameo.