Friday the 13th producer explains why the new movie won't be an origin story

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Jun 17, 2016, 3:48 PM EDT

Producer Brad Fuller had a lot more to say about New Line’s upcoming Friday the 13th movie penned by Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), and it looks like the horror film starring everyone’s favorite hockey-mask-wearing serial killer, Jason Voorhees, will be less of an origin story and more of a period piece -- with an alternate-reality twist. Wait, what?

Yes. You read that right. But don’t worry, Friday the 13th is not about to go all Downton Abbey on us (although it would make for a funny parody movie). In a new interview with iHorror.com, Fuller clarified his previous comments about the new horror movie being an origin story, saying:

“Origin isn’t really the right word for this movie. The word Origin got out and everyone’s calling it an origin film now, but that isn’t exactly the direction we’re taking. It’s more of an alternate world that we’re creating for Jason – an alternate space, alternate reality – in this film. Yes, Pamela and Jason are together in this film, but this is the same Jason we all know and love. He’s Jason; he kills – he kills teenagers. We went down the origin route with the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, and I think when you go to deep into a character’s origin, the character stops being scary at some point.  I’m not worried about demystifying Jason by revealing parts of his back story, which most of the fans are familiar with. The story takes place between the late 1970s and the early 1980s. There is a summer camp, and there are camp counselors.”

I've got to say, I don't know what to think about the alternate-reality thing. Oh, and remember when co-producer Andrew Form said we were finally going to see Jason’s long-lost dad Elias in the new movie just a couple days ago? And I quote:  “We’re going to meet the family. You’re gonna meet Pamela, Elias, and Jason. And you’re gonna see how it all happened.” Well, Fuller is actually backtracking on that one.

“No, we haven’t decided whether or not Elias will appear in the film. Again, that was a comment I made, which was a response to a question about whether or not Elias would be a part of this film. I said that including Jason’s father was an idea, a possibility, but it’s not at all a certainty that he’ll appear in the film. The main relationship is between Pamela and Jason.”

Well, I don’t know about you, but that’s a huge bummer right there. I was looking forward to meeting Jason’s dad. At least, the movie is on the fast track after being stuck in development hell for a while.

“We’re moving fast. All of our energies are now focused on this new Friday the 13th, and we’re laser-focused. First, we had to release the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and we’ve just been finishing up the next Ouija film. Now it’s all about Friday the 13th.”

No real news as to when to expect the new Friday the 13th movie, since it now looks like they won’t be able to make their loosely scheduled Jan. 13, 2017, date even though things are moving very fast for the project. Fuller says they’re now looking for a director and hope filming will commence soon.

(via iHorror)