Part one of my review of the decent remake, Friday The 13th(2009) starring Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Derek Mears, Jonathan Sadowski, Juliana Gill, Ben Feldman, Arlen Escarpeta, Ryan Hansen, and Willa Ford.
Directed by Marcus Nispel.
The first film in the series released by both New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures. Originally, Paramount owned the rights to the series after the original was released in 1980 but sold the rights to New Line Cinema in the early 1990's after poor box office returns of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. New Line bought the rights to the characters of Jason Voorhees and Pamela Voorhees, the Crystal Lake name, and the trademark for the title "Friday the 13th". All footage from the first eight films and the remake rights for the first film remained the property of Paramount. New Line Cinema released Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X and Freddy vs. Jason. When Platinum Dunes came aboard to develop the new film, they wanted the freedom to use scenarios and characters from the films still owned by Paramount. After a legal dispute, the companies decided to co-produce the 2009 film.
Jennifer Sciole auditioned for a lead role.
Israeli actress Moran Atias was originally cast but had to be replaced early into filming.
Tommy Jarvis, a character that appeared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, and Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI was at one point confirmed by producers Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes to be returning as Jason's nemesis.
Jonathan Liebesman, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which was also produced by Platinum Dunes, was once in negotiations to direct the film. Rather, Dunes decided to bring back Marcus Nispel who directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
In this movie Jason wears both the legendary hockey mask and the burlap sac, although neither of those appeared in the original Friday the 13th. The burlap sac was the first mask worn by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 2 and the hockey mask did not appear until Friday the 13th Part III.
John Moore was considered for the directing job at early stages of production.
Scout Taylor-Compton auditioned for the role of 'Jenna' which eventually went to Danielle Panabaker.
Aaron Yoo actually won the role of "Chewie" very close to shooting. Up until then, one of the top choices to play him was David Blue.
Principal photography wrapped on Friday, June 13, 2008. Additionally, the American theatrical release date was Friday, February 13, 2009.
Warner Bros. (through its New Line Cinema label) is distributing this film in North America while Paramount will distribute the film in most all other territories. Ironically (and coincidentally), the 1980 original was distributed by Paramount in North America, with international distribution being handled by Warner Bros.
The title card of the movie isn't displayed until the end of the opening segment, nearly 25 minutes into the film.
With $42.2 mil, had the biggest opening weekend of any movie in the "Friday the 13th" series.
With $42.2 mil, had the biggest opening weekend of a horror-remake beating out former record holder The Grudge ($39.1 mil).
The character of Sheriff Bracke, played by Richard Burgi, is named after author Peter Bracke, who wrote the book "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th".
The first time Paramount has any association with the "Friday the 13th" series since 1989.
Although it's only been regarded as a remake of Friday the 13th, it also combines story elements from Friday the 13th Part 2 and Friday the 13th Part III, along with several references to Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, and Jason X.
Despite the title, the date the events supposedly take place on, Friday the 13th, is only mentioned once. The date can be seen on a tear-away type calendar in the police station, as the officers leave to investigate towards the end of the movie.
Clay and Whitney's last name is Miller. This is a reference to Victor Miller, the creator of the Friday the 13th series.
According to co-writer Damian Shannon, the character of Jason Voorhees was re-envisioned as more territorial, like a hunter, someone who doesn't kill people at random but will defend his territory from anyone invading it, and this in the most horrible manner. Director Marcus Nispel similarly claims the film shows new aspects of Jason's personality. Derek Mears says his portrayal of Jason as a survivalist defending his territory is partially inspired by the character of John Rambo in First Blood.
This is director Marcus Nispel's second remake of a classic horror film in a resume of only four features. The first was The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which was also produced by the company Platinum Dunes.