Producer Michael Bay walked out in the movie premiere, stating that the movie featured too much sex.
Including the 2009 remake, Jason has killed 167 total people throughout the "Friday the 13th" series.
Adrienne King, star of the original 1980 film, was approached by producers Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller to do a cameo appearance during preproduction. A few days later, the producers called her back and told her they didn't want anyone from the original film to appear in the remake.
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 (1980). The burlap sac was the first mask worn by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and the hockey mask did not appear until Friday the 13th Part III (1982).
Tommy Jarvis, a character that appeared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), and Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986) was at one point confirmed by producers Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes to be returning as Jason's nemesis.
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 (1989). 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 (1993), Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003). 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.
Although it's only been regarded as a remake of Friday the 13th (1980), it also combines story elements from Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and Friday the 13th Part III (1982), along with several references to Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), and Jason X (2001).
Derek Mears is the eighth actor to portray the adult Jason Voorhees in the series, following Steve Dash, Warrington Gillete, Richard Brooker, Ted White, C.J. Graham, Kane Hodder and Ken Kirzinger. As of this movie, Hodder is the only actor to have portrayed the character more than once, with four films under his belt from 1988 to 2001.
Producer Bradley Fuller believes the reason that the Friday The 13th movies have become so iconic and have terrified audiences so is that many of the people who seen the films have themselves been to holiday camps such as the fictitious Camp Crystal Lake, or have at least already gone camping.
The film's setting (New Jersey) is an homage to the original film being filmed in New Jersey.
Jonathan Liebesman, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), 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 (2003).
Interestingly, co-writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift were involved with both the conclusion of the old Friday The 13th series and the start of the new one. Indeed, their first produced script (this is their second) was that of Freddy vs. Jason (2003), the last installment in both the original Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street series (even though Jason X (2001) takes place later).
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.
Principal photography wrapped on Friday, June 13, 2008. Additionally, the American theatrical release date was Friday, February 13, 2009.
In an earlier scene, a reference was made towards director David Lynch's Blue Velvet. The argument that Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is better than Heinekin, was a quote by Dennis Hopper's character Frank Booth towards Kyle MacLaughlin's character Frank: " What kind of beer do you drnk neighbor?" Jeffery: "Heinekin!" Frank: "Heinekin?! Fuck that shit!..Pabst..Blue Ribbon..beer!"
The film takes place on June 13, 1980 and in 2009.
John Moore was considered for the directing job at early stages of production.
The script originally had Jenna dying later on in the film than she did in the final cut. In the finished film, Jenna is killed as Clay and Whitney are pulling her out of Jason's lair. Originally, Jenna would have hidden from Jason in the abandoned bus with Clay and Whitney after escaping from his lair, exchanged dialogue with Clay about doing something more romantic on their next date and she then would have been killed by Jason with a fire extinguisher.
The character Richie was one of a few characters to have CGI effects added into his death. Derek Mears (Jason) was holding only the handle with half the blade of the fake machete, making it look like it impaled Richie's (Ben Feldman's) head. The visual effects crew digitally superimposed the fake machete to look like it was a completely bladed weapon in the final film. Director Marcus Nispel usually allowed minimal use of CGI effects into his films.
After Aaron Yoo's character Chewie is killed, his body is hung upside down from the shed's rafter. As he is dangling lifelessly, you can visibly see Yoo's scar on his abdomen. In real life Yoo had his appendix removed and that director Marcus Nispel wanted that scene to be filmed promptly as Yoo was still recovering from surgery.
Friday the 13th (2009)
R | 1h 37min | Horror | 13 February 2009 (USA)
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.
Director: Marcus Nispel
Writers: Damian Shannon (screenplay), Mark Swift (screenplay)
Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears