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When the world thought Quentin Tarantino would direct 'Friday the 13th'

Quentin Tarantino’s filmography is one that has always flirted with the genre of horror without having ever delved into the delights of terror. The dark, gritty style of Death Proof is probably the closest the iconic filmmaker has ever come to dancing with the horror genre, particularly as the grindhouse double-bill was featured alongside Robert Rodriguez’s genre piece Planet Terror. 

Despite this, Quentin Tarantino has always been tempted to take on a horror film, even being close to taking on the reboot of Friday the 13th in 2005. Sought out by Warner Brothers and Paramount to bring some genuine quality to a character who had been long ridiculed by ten sub-par sequels to the beloved 1980 original, reports suggested that the director genuinely considered coming onboard to embrace Jason Voorhees’ blood-splattering nature. 

The thinking wasn’t entirely crazy either, as only two years later, Rob Zombie would take on a remake of John Carpenter’s Halloween and bring in considerable box office success whilst re-introducing Mike Myers to his original horror roots. Rumours were sparked for the collaboration of Tarantino and Jason Voorhees in 2005 in an article by IGN, which stated: “None other than Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino is in final negotiations to write and direct the Ultimate Jason Voorhees Movie, an all-new Friday the 13th for New Line”. 

Jumped on by several other media outlets, the announcement began to gain ground before Tarantino squashed the rumour in March 2005 whilst in conversation with Contact Music. “What’s happening with Friday The 13th? Nothing at all. It’s a complete lie,” Tarantino noted, “I like Jason and everything, but I’ve no intention of directing a movie. New Line talked to me about it, but it was a complete fabrication, that article. I would love to do a horror film. I’m just saying it’s not going to be Friday The 13th“. 

Despite early discussions with New Line, IGN‘s report was nothing but an early morsel of ‘fake news’, with Quentin Tarantino never showing any serious intentions to take on the continuation of Jason Voorhees’ story. 

With that being said, we’ll cling to the words of the director when he mentions, “I would love to do a horror film”, in the hope that one day he may fully embrace the genre and bring terror to the big screen.

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