It’s been 10 years since the release of Freddy Vs Jason, the definitive face-off of two of horrors biggest icons. The film did enjoy success at the time of its release, earning just over $82 million at the domestic box office, but if it took nearly 20 years to figure out a way to get Freddy Kruger and Jason Voorhees together on the same sound stage. Figuring out what to do for sequel would have been murder (so to speak).
Producers went through various iterations, maybe Freddy and Jason would fight Pinhead next, or Michael Myers, but they eventually settled on Ash, the hero of the Evil Dead series played by Bruce Campbell. Apparently, New Line even talked to Sam Raimi and Campbell about this potential Freddy Vs Jason Vs Ash, and things seemed to progressing well, until they didn’t. So what happened? Well, Freddy himself, actor Robert Englund, shed some light on the subject while at the Nashville Comic Expo. Here’s what Englund had to say according to ComicBook.com:
To be really honest with you guys, Freddy Vs. Jason Vs. Ash—just say that five times fast—came this close [making an inch mark with his fingers] to being made as a movie,” said Englund. “Right around the time Sam Raimi was the richest man in Hollywood after Spider-Man, he had a big meeting with Bob Shaye of New Line Cinema, the people at Time Warner, and they were thinking seriously about making it.
But I think that Sam wanted Ash to win. Well, I liked that idea actually. I had this idea for a poster with Bruce Campbell with his abs all airbrushed like for 300 with his shirt open, standing there with my head under this arm and Jason’s head under this arm, and it would say, ‘Keep the world safe from sequels.’
I’m laughing already. It’s too bad the sequel didn’t happen, I have to say. I thought Freddy Vs Jason was an enjoyably campy romp and it would have been fun to see “The Chin” get in on the action. That’s Hollywood for you though, so many missed opportunities.