Dean Lorey Lays Out The Whole Story For Jason Goes To Hell

There are some people that actually do like Jason Goes To Hell. Enough so, that they always ask questions about how the movie was conceived and who did what to make it a reality. We have had our own little interview with writer Dean Lorey in the past, but nothing as detailed about his experience on the film as the blog he posted a few years ago on his website.

Dean has always been very forthcoming about his job working on the script for the film, but his blog about working on Jason Goes To Hell is very candid and honest about the material he was given to start with and the very short amount of time he had to turn the script into something New Line Cinema would approve. Read a small excerpt of Dean's story below.

Eventually, a writer was hired for JGTH and the first draft finally arrived.  It was not received warmly and panic set in.  Here’s why – Sean had already started spending money on pre-production.  Locations were scouted, sets were underway — the money train was, in other words, rolling down the tracks.  The problem was that New Line had not yet given the project a greenlight, so it was Sean’s (the producer’s) personal cash on the line.  The first draft arrived on a Thursday and New Line expected to see the script the following Monday.  If they didn’t greenlight it, there were going to be serious financial repercussions.

So, here’s where I come into the picture.  That Thursday, Sean comes into my office and tells me that I need to rewrite JGTH so that they can have a new script to give to New Line by Monday – four days away.  I immediately start writing, full of exactly the kind of foolish, youthful arrogance Sean was counting on me to have.

Certain elements of the movie are already set in stone: the body jumping, many of the locations, several major characters and a variety of action sequences.  One of them is “The Diner Sequence,” which is going to be a huge fight in a diner with a tremendous amount of killing.  Another is “The Police Station Sequence” which involved, you guessed it, more killing in a police station.

There are a lot of people that put blame on Dean for the bad box office results of the film, but he actually took on a daunting task with little time to put together a story and script that would be liked by studio execs, which is not an easy task. His involvement in the film is actually very interesting in how he was brought on to contribute. To read his full story, please visit his blog for more the whole rundown!

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