Last week, producer Brad Fuller revealed the upcoming Friday the 13th reboot would boast a new origin story featuring everyone's favorite hockey-mask-wearing killer, Jason Voorhees, and his family. Fuller said the New Line horror film would be “origin-ish, but 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.”
So far, so intriguing, don't you think? And now we know a bit more.
Speaking to Yahoo!Movies while promoting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Fuller had a bit more to say about the reboot. “We’re going to go back, and we’re going to meet that family.”
Co-producer Andrew Form added they rejected the whole found-footage thingie that’s been floating around for years, saying it wouldn’t work because they needed Jason’s point of view; and this is where it gets interesting. Here's what he said:
“We’re going to meet the family. You’re gonna meet Pamela, Elias, and Jason. And you’re gonna see how it all happened.”
Elias is Jason Voorhee’s dad. The character has been referenced in previous Friday the 13th films before, but he's never appeared on screen. There was a comic book spinoff titled Friday the 13th: Pamela’s Tale published by DC Comics imprint WildStorm Productions back in 2007 that revealed that Jason’s mother, Pamela Voorhees, had murdered her husband Elias after years of abuse. It’s unknown if the movie reboot will go down that particular route.
Interestingly, Elias was supposed to appear in a few Friday the 13th movies such as Jason Lives. Jason Voorhees actor Kane Hodder was set to play Elias in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday and Freddy vs. Jason, but, as you all know, it sadly never happened.
Friday the 13th seems to be in good hands, with Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), who is said to love the franchise, penning the screenplay. The movie is set to shoot in the fall for a Jan. 13, 2017 (a Friday the 13th), release date.