In Supernatural fandom the two lead actors of the series, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are often referred to as J2 by fans of the hit CW/Warner Brothers series, but Padalecki is about to take on a new J in his life, Jason Vorhees the hockey masked machete wielding psychotic killer of the highly successful Friday the 13th slasher movie franchise.
It was announced yesterday, March 21st that Platinum Dunes in association with New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures is in final negotiations with the Supernatural star to take on the lead role in their ‘re-imagination’ of the 1980 horror/slasher flick about teenaged camp counselors at a camp called Crystal Lake who begin to meet untimely and gruesome fates at the hands of a mysterious killer.
Jared Padalecki, who is well known to TV viewers as the hunky Dean Forester on Gilmore Girls and the intrepid ‘hunter’ Sam Winchester in Supernatural, is no stranger to being involved in successful remakes of older films, having had roles in the remakes of ‘House of Wax’ and ‘Flight of the Phoenix’. While the Friday the 13th movie he is set to begin production on this spring is listed as a remake, the movie will have a different focus on the storyline than the original movie.
The movie, which is being produced by Michael Bay, Brad Fuller from a script being penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift and directed by Marcus Nispel (2003 version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Pathfinder), will differ from the original movie in which Jason made only a brief appearance as a deformed child sans what became his trademark hockey mask. In the updated version, the story will be centered on Padalecki’s character who, while investigating the killings at Crystal Lake, comes up against a masked and dangerous Jason Vorhees.
The newest version of Friday the 13th which is being overseen by Cale Boyter and Guy Stodel of New Line Cinema, who was responsible for the release of the 1980 original and very first Friday the 13th movie, is planning a appropriately enough release date of Friday, Feb. 13, 2009.
Jared Padalecki can also be seen in brand new episodes of his hit series Supernatural which returns to the CW Thursday night line up on April 24th at 9PM EST and in the movie ‘Thomas Kindade’s Home for Christmas’ in which Padalecki stars in the role of famous artist Thomas Kinkade which is set for theatrical release just in time for the Christmas holidays.
Platinum Dunes is also prepping to do remakes/re-imaginations of three other well known horror movies, Near Dark, which included well known horror actor Lance Henricken, Wes Craven iconic ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ (which boasted a young and still somewhat unknown Johnny Depp as part of its cast) and Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller ‘The Birds’.