The last time we saw mass murderer and hockey mask enthusiast Jason Voorhees on the big screen was back in 2009, when Platinum Dunes continued their steady stream of horror remakes with an updated version of Friday the 13th. While it was meant to relaunch the franchise in much the same was as the Texas Chainsaw reboot, the disappointing box office and negative reception – from critics and fans alike – derailed the series before it ever really got off the ground.
Two years ago, Platinum Dunes announced plans to reboot the franchise once more, with V/H/S contributor David Bruckner attached to direct. After numerous delays in the development cycle, Bruckner abandoned the project last year, and Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski was brought on to freshen up the script. Now the project is finally getting some traction, and recently Platinum Dunes executive Brad Fuller sat down with The Reel World to discuss the status of the next Friday the 13th film, which will be taking the series back to its roots:
“Aaron’s story has great characters… You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward.”
So that means we’ll probably get another look at Jason’s origin story, which has probably been shown onscreen just as often as Spider-Man or Batman. Doesn’t everyone know the origin of Jason Voorhees by now?
“It’s an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s there, but it’s a little bit different from what you’ve seen before.”
Hmm… interesting. I’m not sure what could really be done to drastically alter the character’s beginnings, but I’ll admit that I’m curious to see what Guzikowski has cooked up. I’m also wondering if some of the better ideas from the 2009 reboot could find their way back into this new film – I was a big fan of the more intelligent version of Jason, setting traps for his victims and leading them into harm’s way.
Oh, and what about all those rumors that this new take on Jason Voorhees be told from a found-footage perspective?
“There was a lot of found-footage scripts that they wanted us to make, and I was not going to do that because I don’t think that can exist in Jason Voorhees’ world.”
Let’s all breathe a collective sigh of relief. Friday the 13th is currently slated for release on January 13, 2017 – but with no director or stars attached yet, I wouldn’t be too surprised if this one gets pushed back a few months.
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