It has been six years since we last saw Jason Voorhees, but we are set to see him again soon.
Platinum Dunes produced the 2009 release of Friday the 13th, which was meant to be the first of at least three movies. You’d be forgiven for thinking the idea of two more films were dead after a 6 year hiatus. Brad Fuller recently explained the reasons for the delay and you might just be happy to hear it. For years there were rumours that the new film would be of the found footage genre, understandably fans were outraged.
Fuller have stated that the strong fan backlash helped them throw out the found footage idea. He continued by saying; “There was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movie’s been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movie’s not going to be found footage. We’re in the latter phases of that starting over and hopefully we’re getting a script in the next month or two, and we’ll go back to Crystal Lake. At the end of the day, those movies are so fantastic because Jason Voorhees is such a dynamic presence and people love to see him do what he does well. We hope to put Jason in a situation where he’s able to do that again, and it doesn’t feel like you’re seeing the same thing over and over.”
The upcoming Friday the 13th will be directed by David Bruckner who is best known for V/H/S and Nick Antosca (Hannibal and Teen Wolf) is responsible for the script. Last month Antosca has revealed that this won’t be a follow up to the 2009 release. It will play in a different time period with different characters. Which means Jared Padalecki won’t be returning but there is a possibility Derek Mears will be brought back to play Jason.
Platinum Dunes is producing the movie for Paramount this time around. So the question is, will they ignore everything they done for the New Line Cinema release?
Friday the 13h is set for a May 2016 release.