Producer Bradley Fuller currently has his hands full with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, coming out this Friday, but he'll soon tackle the new Friday the 13th that's currently in the works.
Speaking to The Reel World, Fuller (Black Sails, The Last Ship) gave an update on the planned reimagining of the classic horror movie featuring one of the most iconic killers in movie history, Jason Voorhees.
Currently writing the screenplay is Aaron Guzikowski, who penned the critically acclaimed 2013 Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal movie Prisoners. Fuller says they loved the draft Guzikowski handed them so much, they decided to put the wheels in motion for the planned movie.
“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.”
A new Friday the 13th has been in development for a while now, and there were a lot of “found footage” projects out there that were ultimately rejected. Fuller explained that this particular twist didn’t work for the character -- something I’m pretty sure most everyone will agree with.
“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.”
Thank you, Mr. Fuller! The producer also revealed that the movie will offer a new origin story for the hockey-mask-wearing, hatchet-wielding killer, specifying that it'll actually 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.”
As most of you already know, it was Pamela Voorhees -- and not her son, Jason -- who was the camp counselors killer in the original 1980 horror film. The former camp cook had revealed that her son had drowned in Crystal Lake years earlier (back in 1957) while the two monitors who were supposed to watch him were too busy doing the dirty deed.
The new Friday the 13th movie will see Fuller producing alongside his Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay and Andrew Form. There are currently no stars or director attached to the film, but the movie is circling a Jan. 13, 2017 release date. And yep, it is a Friday the 13th.
What do you think of the plans to introduce a slightly different origin story for Jason Voorhees in the new Friday the 13th?
(via The Reel World)