Friday the 13th producers ax found footage plans following negative fan reaction

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May 18, 2015

You know you're barking up the wrong tree when info leaks on a sequel to a beloved franchise and the reaction is almost universally negative. Well, at least the folks behind the next Friday the 13th are listening.

Producer Bradley Fuller chatted with Shock Till You Drop about pending plans for a return to the world of Jason Voorhees, and revealed they've officially dropped the previous push to create a found-footage film set at Crystal Lake. Why? Because the fans deeply, deeply hated it.

Looking back at the history of that franchise, there are a lot of terrible (and we mean terrible) installments. But the fans made the point loud and clear that found footage would be a bridge too far, even for a tried and true killer like Jason. Well done, horror fans. Well done.

Here’s what Fuller had to say about the change:

"It absolutely weighs on me, and there have been many times when the fans have affected surely the way we think about, and in some cases the way we shot, some of the stories. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of bullshit in what they're saying, but very often you'll get a fan with such a great idea, or a great notion, and it's meaningful to us. Listen, 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."

The classic horror franchises might go on hiatus from time to time, but they're never gone for good. Though this one hit a major snag, Fuller said they think they'll have a script within the “next month or two,” then production will ramp back up.

Are you glad the found-footage idea got its head chopped off?

(Via Shock Till You Drop)

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