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Monday, 5 August, 2002, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Nightmare Freddy meets his match
Scene from Jason X, the 10th movie in the Friday the 13th franchise
After 10 episodes, Jason still has a following
It is the screen clash all fans of badly-scripted, ludicrously-plotted horror movies have been waiting for - Freddy vs Jason.

Franchise sequel specialist New Line Cinema has decided to go ahead with a film featuring the respective baddies from the Nightmare on Elm Street series and the Friday the 13th series, showbusiness paper Variety reports.


When you have done 17 movies between these characters, it is hard to stay fresh

Toby Emmerich
New Line
It will be the eighth outing for Robert Englund's Freddy Krueger and the 11th for the hockey-masked teen nemesis Jason Voorhees.

Freddy vs Jason is unlikely to trouble the Academy, but it comes as Hollywood is abuzz with talk of a Wolfgang Petersen-directed Batman vs Superman and even Alien vs Predator.

Brad Renfro has been signed to star alongside Englund, although no-one has yet been picked up to play Jason, Variety said.

Hong Kong director Ronny Yu, responsible for Bride of Chucky, will direct the picture, with filming starting in Canada on 9 September.

'Ultimate showdown'

Renfro plays the goodie, battling to stay alive for the duration of the film as the two baddies take each other on as well as annihilating bystanders.

"It's clash of the titans, the ultimate showdown," said New Line production president Toby Emmerich.

"Freddy is the intellectual manipulator, Jason the killing machine.

Mike Myers as Austin Powers
Austin Powers is another New Line franchise
"When you have done 17 movies between these characters, it is hard to stay fresh, but putting these characters together makes it fresh.

"There is a hardcore fan base for each, and we will be out in front of Predator vs Alien and Batman vs Superman, other films putting venerable characters against each other."

As well as mastering lower budget fare, New Line has been the financial force between more glamorous franchises like Austin Powers and Lord of the Rings.

The studio recently hired Troy Miller to direct Dumb and Dumberer, the Dumb and Dumber prequel due for next summer.

Unfortunate subtitling

But even for a studio specialising in sequels, the two horror franchises have shown incredible longevity.

The Friday the 13th series has overcome the unfortunate subtitling of 1984's fourth episode as The Final Chapter, to produce six more instalments, the most recent set in space.

It has a large cult following since its debut in 1980, with fans on the internet delighting in spotting contradictory plotting and continuity errors.

Robert Englund has been happy to continue ploughing a seven-episode furrow as the baddie with the bad complexion and the ability to manipulate dreams.

Wes Craven, who directed the original Nightmare on Elm Street, has carved out a successful career as a director of ironic or "post-modern" teen horror, epitomised by Scream.

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