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I’ve Read the ‘Friday the 13th 3D’ Script By Nick Antosca!

Jason Voorhees has had a turbulent few decades. After going to hell in 1993, he was blasted into space in Jason X, and then resurrected for battle in the 2003 Freddy vs. Jason, all before being rebooted in Platinum Dunes’ 2009 Friday the 13th. That means we’ve seen Jason on screen only four times in over 20 years. That’s quite a change for a franchise that was spewing out sequels as quick as Lionsgate’s SAW franchise.

Now, several years after the remake hit theaters, Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures are reworking Friday the 13th once again. As of this writing, Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) has completed a draft of the screenplay with Breck Eisner now attached to direct. The targeted release of January 13, 2017 seems unlikely, though, as October 13th, 2017 appears to be a more realistic date.

It’s been a tremulous process that looked to be on stable ground, especially when they locked David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S, Southbound) to direct back in April of 2014. He spent over a year developing the latest installment, with original plans to latch onto Paramount’s love for found-footage horror. Once they realized the fad was just that, Bruckner was forced to start from scratch with a new writer: “Hannibal’s” Nick Antosca (who created Syfy’s “Channel Zero” that’s airing this fall). The two would work on the project until December of 2015, when the studio decided to move in a new direction (again).

Now that Platinum Dunes and Paramount Pictures are moving forward with a new screenplay, I thought it would be fun – much like with the Halloween Returns script – to take a look at what could have been. I got my hands on Antosca’s script, dated 6/4/15, which I’m told was the first pass at the non-found-footage direction that was to be filming 3-D and take place in the 1980’s. Now, all mysteries will be revealed; what were the top secret plans for the better part of 2015?!


Friday the 13th 3D opens on CRYSTAL LAKE with George Michael’s “One More Try” playing in the background (press “Play”).

 

A body floats in the water. It looks deceased. Only, this is a fun jump-scare that introduces us to SLOANE, who is teaching a young boy how to rescue someone in trouble. It’s a bit of lifeguard training. From there, we’re slowly introduced to all of the camp counselors, who have their own complex relationships that have formed over the course of a summer.

KIRBY is extremely religious, so much so that she wouldn’t even have sex with Johnny Depp or Patrick Swayze (but maybe she’d make out with Swayze).

All of the guys are obsessing over VANESSA, who wants to be acknowledged as more than a hot bod – she’s smarter than the audience would expect (Antosca is fucking with the audience here).

BRAD and AMBER are deep into a summer-long relationship, while we also meet Brad’s fraternal twin, KEVIN; the atypical jock, GREG; and the stoner of the group, WES “WEEZER”.

As all of the teenagers are fucking around; the scene is set for a near-fatal drowning (yes, there’s a bit of harmonic parallelism in this sequence that Friday fans will recognize). Luckily, the camper is saved.

The audience is then given the cue that it’s nearing the end of summer camp: August of 1988.

It’s the last day of camp, actually, and the counselors are sitting around a fire talking about the events from earlier in the day. This is where the first bit of mythology is introduced…and it’s in canon.

GREG
Brad, you know, if you hadn’t saved him? You coulda ended up dead too.
(at Kevin and Weezer)
And you guys. And all of us.

KIRBY
What do you mean? Dead how?

GREG
You know the story about the murders that happened around here, right? I mean, the details?

GREG
At the original Camp Crystal Lake – right across the lake – there was this lady who cleaned the cabins. This was in, like, ‘66. Her husband had run off a few years back, so she’d bring her little boy along and have the counselors watch him. The counselors didn’t know much about her. Just her name… Pamela Vorley.

He pauses, letting the name hang in the air. Until, quietly:

DYLAN
Voorhees. Her name was Pamela Voorhees. And she was a cook.

DYLAN
Pamela Voorhees was a single mom trying to make ends meet. During the school year, she worked as a lunch-lady, and over the summer she cooked at the camp. And one day, the counselors weren’t watching her little boy, and… he drowned in the lake. That boy was all she had. People stopped seeing her around, except at church. And at the camp, you know, ‘66, free love and all that… she’d seen the counselors smoking weed, sneaking into the woods to get it on…

Brad glances at Amber, raises his eyebrows.

DYLAN (CONT’D)
And she got it in her head that’s why they weren’t paying attention when her son drowned. So when the camp reopened a year later… she came up here and killed six counselors before they stopped her.

They all start talking at once…

SLOANE
Didn’t they cut off her head?

FRIDAY THE 13TH 1980 Pamela Voorhees

This is where Antosca sets up a little red herring: “They say her ghost still haunts these woods,” Greg alleges. Is Pamela going to be in this Friday the 13th?

So, where did this happen? Across the lake, of course, at the old camp grounds. Kids being kids, they decide to go on a ghost hunt (not literally) and take a pair of canoes across to explore.

Before they cross, they come across the groundskeeper, KEVIN, who had earlier been hacking at a tree with a machete. Frank is one cool dude; after taking a hit off the kids’ roach, he adds to the mythology:

SLOANE
Frank… did you live in Crystal Lake when the murders happened?

FRANK
(casual, cheerful)
I knew the kids who got killed.

SLOANE
Really? Did you know Mrs. Voorhees?

FRANK
Nah, she kept to herself. Her and that kid. I’ll say this – kid was a reeeeal mama’s boy. Didn’t talk to anybody but her. And real shy. Most of the time you saw him, he’d be wearing some old Halloween mask.

Beat. Eerie lake sounds. A loon calls. Casually Frank says:

FRANK (CONT’D)
They never found his body, you know.

There’s two important moments in the dialogue, with the first obviously being the mention of Halloween masks, which offers a clear reason for why Jason would even wear a hockey mask. The other is a response to the 35-year-old question as to how Jason was a boy in the first film and then a hulking man in the sequel: he never died.

Continuing on, when the teens reach the rotted dock by the lakeshore, it plays out with the same impact as when the Jeep first enters the park in Jurassic Park – only here the entrance is marked by a rotted wood sign on the ground: “CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE”.

Here, the teens act like assholes, taunting Mrs. Voorhees with threats of ejaculate on the site of her death, while screaming obscenities and names.

GREG
Fucking lunchlady, smell like Salisbury steak… COME GET ME, BITCH! (imitating Full Metal Jacket) I will gouge out your eyes and skullfuck you! …Killing kids for smoking weed… FUCK YOU! FUCK YOUR DUMB KID THAT COULDN’T SWIM! Fuck your
fuckin… old… What was her name? Vorzazzle?

DYLAN
Voorhees. Pamela Voorhees.

GREG
FUCK YOU, PAMELA VOOORHEEES!!!

As his shout ECHOES through the night…

It’s the bomb under the table moment of Friday the 13th as the viewer knows damn well these kids have just disturbed Jason…and are going to pay for it.

While searching the cabins they come across a photo of a young Jason wearing a Mickey Mouse Mask. It’s dated 1965. Also discovered… a hockey mask from the same era.

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When the kids walk back out, one of the canoes is missing. They assume Frank took it, and two volunteer to walk back. Vanessa and her local boyfriend, DYLAN, hit the road.

Even more taunting ensues on the canoe.

Vanessa and Dylan are being stalked. Is it Jason? The two go their separate ways, which creates immense tension as to whom is in severe trouble. It’s Dylan, who stumbles into Jason, falling backwards into a ridge and hurting himself badly. This is our almost first appearance of Jason (who is referred to as “THE KILLER” for most of the script):

Dylan glimpses A HUGE, STRANGELY PROPORTIONED FIGURE coming down the ridge. The figure’s movements are stiff, uncoordinated, as if it’s unused to its own body. Fuck.

Dylan grabs the flashlight, turns to turn it back on. It won’t work. He struggles with it frantically – and finally the light flickers back on –

JUST IN TIME TO SHINE IN THE HUGE FIGURE’S FACE – and we see this only from behind the Figure – his huge dark silhouetted head – and Dylan’s reaction of horrified surprise as –

– HUGE PALE HANDS LUNGE DOWN TO GRAB HIM, YANKING HIM OUT OF FRAME AS HE STARTS TO SCREAM –

Back at the camp (later that night), Vanessa and Kevin find muddy foot prints and realize that someone followed them home – and is watching them. It’s an unnerving night, which ends up surprisingly uneventful. The next morning, the campers are sent home, which leaves the counselors with a few days to clean up their mess and close up shop.

Kevin and Vanessa go into town to tell the Sheriff about the potential intruder. They’re met with scoffs and disdain, which lead to another dose of mythology and some headscratching…is the Sheriff just fucking with them?

SHERIFF JOHN
People say it’s haunted by this, that ‘n the other thing. Old Miz Voorhees or her boy that died, or the kids she killed. But the weirdest one is how… well, that boy that died… didn’t actually die. That he ran off to live in the woods up there. And he’s been there ever since… but every now and then… (leans in ominously)… he comes down to find himself a pretty girl or two.

This sets the stage for another Jason appearance; this time jamming a shovel into the chest of the camp’s director, DUCKWORTH.

Transition to the camp at night with the Guns N’ Roses cover of “Knockin On Heaven’s Door” playing over their shenanigans.

 

Greg is wearing the hockey mask as he hits golf balls into the lake. He tosses it in with the final ball. As the song fades, the camera closes in on the mask floating in the water.

With Vanessa and Kevin back, the group discuss the possible stalker and decide to prepare themselves, you know, just in case. Baseball bats.

They have a discussion about WHO it could be. There’s no way it’s Jason, right?

GREG
What if it was true, though?? If that little boy was still living out there? He’d be like, insane.

WEEZER
Or he might be totally chill…

SLOANE
Pretty sure people actually saw the boy drown.

GREG
So how come they never found him?

SLOANE
It’s a deep lake, I don’t know.

GREG
(spooky)
Or he’s been just out there in the woods all this time… all alone… getting weird… making love to small woodland animals…

Sloane addresses the paradox of Friday the 13th‘s mythology while targeting the logic loophole that never seems to be answered:

SLOANE
Dude. The kid drowned. No one ever doubted it, including his mother. It makes literally no sense that he didn’t drown and he’s been “living out in the woods.” That’s ridiculous.

Meanwhile, an extremely stoned Weezer is hanging by the water slide on the dock. “He puts his legs in and shoves off, entering the tunnel…HURTLING down the slide toward the lake – when – THUMP!! Something SLICES UP THROUGH the underside of the slide, just ahead at the mouth of it – Oh fuck, IT’S THE MACHETE BLADE!! Weezer can’t stop! – the blade is angled at him and he’s hurtling right at it! -” The machete has sliced through his pelvis and lodged against his hipbone. He lifts himself off the machete he’s impaled on and attempts an escape, only to be dragged underwater by Jason. It’s one of the most “fun” kills, although still brutal.

Weezer’s mangled body parts eventually float ashore, which are discovered by Kevin, thus turning the level of urgency to 10. This is when shit hits the fan – and it’s unrelenting. It’s also the moment when we first see Jason donning the iconic mask:

“The man is a good fifty yards away. SMOKE from the campfire is blowing across the view, partially obscuring him. Making him look almost… mythic.”

FRIDAY THE 13TH 2009

Jason starts his attack, walking behind cabins and appearing closer each time… until he charges at full sprint and rams the machete through Greg. This causes the teenagers to scatter, and Jason begins his hunt. One of the cooler moments is when Jason slams Kevin against a tree, with the highlight being Kirby’s attempted canoe escape that ends short when Jason throws a giant rock in it, causing it to sink.

Antosca does something here that I love in a slasher film (it’s also pertinent for its success), he allows the victims to get their licks in. Jason is hit by a car, shot multiple times, and even hammered with an axe (forcing him to fall onto a campfire). It appears to do some damage and he runs into the woods.

Sloane, Brad and Vanessa attempt to save Kirby, who is now stranded on a floating deck. This is when Jason returns. Sloane plays dead as he approaches. Just as Jason begins to lift Sloane’s head, Kirby slides in the water to create a distraction, causing Jason to turn his attention towards her. Here’s the big holy fuck moment that would have blown audiences’ minds – Jason drags both Duckworth and Weezer’s corpses into the lake with him. Jason walked into the lake until he’s completely underwater, never to resurface. As Kirby attempts to escape, she’s pulled underwater where she sees “the bodies of her dead friends. Kevin, Amber, Dylan, Greg, Weezer, Duckworth, Nurse Nicole… all gathered lifeless in the weeds at the bottom of the lake, suspended there… an eerie, surreal image…”

More new mythology to mixed in with exposition.

SLOANE (CONT’D)
It’s the boy who drowned. He’s dead. He’s been in the lake. And we woke him up.

Brad and Vanessa share a look: They think she’s lost it.

SLOANE (CONT’D)
He’s um, he’s not – he’s not a person and you can’t kill him, cuz he’s already dead, he’s –

Jason returns to the original Camp Crystal Lake, and doesn’t appear to be injured anymore. If anything he moves with more confidence, as if he has grown stronger (recharged by the powers of the Lake?).

The battle continues at the house of LINDA KING (which is behind the old camp grounds), a survivor of the original murders. There’s a brutal battle where Linda, Brad, Sloane and Vanessa trade off stabbing him with a butcher knife, hitting him with an axe and shooting him with a nail gun. Jason slowly begins to give in. Brad grabs a fireplace poker and jams it into Jason’s eye until he’s deader than dead.

BRAD (CONT’D)
Shh, there you go… this is for Kevin, you fuckin hick… there you go… now you’re dead…

Now on Main Street, the police are cleaning up the mess and trying to make sense of the madness. Brad, Vanessa and Sloane are speaking with Sheriff John. They can’t believe Jason’s finally dead; they were beginning to believe he was immortal.  The Sheriff points out that Jason is dead as a doornail in a morgue van that begins to pull away… it all of a sudden rolls off course and crashes into a tree.

FRIDAY THE 13TH IS FAR FROM OVER.

BAM! The back of the van fucking FLIES OPEN –
And The Killer steps out. AKA…
JASON.
PUSH IN SLOWLY ON THIS NIGHTMARE HERO SHOT.
JASON LOOMING. ICONIC… BADASS… TERRIFYING.
He’s holding a fucking BONE SAW. Behind him, the inside of the van is COVERED IN BLOOD. And maybe it’s just the angle, but he almost looks bigger than before. As if “dying” made him even stronger.

At this point Jason has become unstoppable, and straight up annihilates the entire police force. It’s a horror apocalypse. Jason even murders an innocent bystander who’s at the wrong place at the wrong time.

JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

There appears to be one way to slow Jason down: Sloane had found a bracelet earlier that allegedly belonged to Pamela Voorhees. She attempts to distract him with said bracelet, but Jason doesn’t fall for it. Just as he’s about to kill Sloane, Vanessa surprises the audience by blowing half of Jason’s face off with a 2 gauge shotgun.  Sloane blasts Jason with the cop’s handgun, slowing him down just enough to get away in a police car.  The duo run over Jason, multiple times, and hot-tail it out of town. “As they drive out of town, Sloane looks back and Vanessa glances in the rearview and they see… Jason just getting back up. And putting his mask back on.”

There is no ending because Jason is eternal.

For fans disappointed we never got our followup to the Friday the 13th remake, the real epilogue sets up a snowy sequel…again.


Again, the above was the first pass at the new direction, and my breakdown doesn’t do it any justice. I’m not exaggerating when I say that Antosca’s Friday the 13th 3D could have ended up being the best Friday in the franchise. His writing style is one of the most immersive voices I’ve ever come across, and the settings were both iconic and unsettling. It was also impressive how he avoided winking to the audience, although it’s pretty obvious how much of a fickle bitch it was trying to make sense of Jason’s messy mythology. I would assume that further incarnations of the screenplay would have mixed the mythology into situations a little better, and feel less expositional.

It was also pretty clear that 3-D would have been completely unnecessary.

What’s more perplexing is that the studio allegedly moved on to create a modern take. In reading this script, there’s absolutely no reason that it couldn’t have been modernized and still been in canon. It’s unfortunate, though, because the 80’s vibe was magical; while we shared a few samples of proposed music, the screenplay was littered with 80’s tracks used uniquely in situations that helped everything feel organic. It truly would have been Friday the 13th meets Dazed and Confused.

It regards to the film’s protagonist, it was an interesting move to have not one, but two final girls – and to break the cliché that it had to be the virgin. I loved how Antosca used horror tropes against hardcore genre fans who typically know what’s coming next.

As for Jason, Antosca did the best he could with the mythology in order to keep it in canon. The script proposes that Jason did in fact drown, but was reborn out of the lake when his mother was killed. The continual mentions of spirits and ghosts makes me believe that this Jason would have been a physical manifestation of a tormented spirit. It’s possible/probable that this group of teens were Jason’s first victims. It’s also eluded to that, when Jason reenters the lake, he’s regenerated – and the more bodies he drags to the bottom of the lake, the stronger he gets.  I’m enamored with the idea that the film begins with Warrington Gillette’s Friday the 13th Part 2 Jason and eventually morphs into Kane Hodder’s interpretation. Shit, if the studio decided to go this route, there’s no reason that Hodder couldn’t have returned in the role that made him famous…

The next Friday the 13th is going to be the 13th installment in the franchise. It deserves to be something special, and what I read felt like the Ultimate Jason Quentin Tarantino teased over a decade ago. That’s probably the problem the studio had with the new approach – it’s excessively violent and unrelenting. It’s almost too fan friendly in its attempt to remain in canon. We can only pray that whatever comes next doesn’t revert back to the simplicity of the 2009 remake that is, quite frankly, uninspired.

What do you guys think? There’s a lot more to discuss here than with the Halloween Returns script.

FRIDAY THE 13TH : JASON TAKES MANHATTAN


129 Comments
  • BloodyDisgusted

    “I’m not exaggerating when I say that Antosca’s Friday the 13th 3D could have ended up being the best Friday in the franchise.”

    Oh Brad, this is why we love you. Never stop being you.

  • Francesco Falciani

    thanks Mr D…but now i feel bad that i won’t see this amazing friday the 13th 🙁

  • TheDarkShape

    I read the script last year. Paramount’s insane for dropping it.

    • I like the mysticism idea if it is indeed only “hinted” at. I think it plays on audience/fan expectations to fill in the details, at least that’s how I read it from Brad’s write up. The only problem I could see with that approach is where do they take it with future sequels? Seems like the type of thing they would begin to overly explain as the film’s went on.

  • PMD2

    If the script is that good, and I don’t doubt that it’s a good script as Hannibal is an amazing show, why was it dropped? Paramount just being stupid?

    • ScriptGiverTJ

      The script is not good, that’s why.

  • JP Andrika

    Buh ha haha!! Jesus! the Camp Counselors dialogue and descriptions sound fucking horrible! This reads like a bad Fanfic.

  • ScabieBaby

    Yeah but is it a GAME CHANGER? Will it CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT HORROR? 😀

    • BloodyDisgusted

      We’ll have to wait for the trailer where Brad is quoted 3 or 4 times to have that answer.

      • J Jett

        LOL! so true! 🙂

        • Braker

          LOLOLOL…this thread. So true.

      • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

  • Adam Dillon

    I hate the idea of ghost/zombie Jason. 7-F VS J were the demise of the series. It sounds like this film would be just a mash up of those movies (similar to what 2009 did with 1-4). I know these movies always make money for the studios, but I really wish these films would be straight to VOD (or developed tv series). The one thing I think 2009 did well was create an atmosphere of fear of Jason (Vorhees family) in the town of Crystal Lake. Get a huge fan(scriptwriter) to develope a series based on that and sell it to an upstart horror network like El Ray.

  • CGP

    Congratulations, Mr. Disgusting. You are only 14 months late this time! This was a lame take on the franchise and I hated the script. Glad they moved forward in another direction (though I don’t like Guzikowski’s take either).

  • Shay Lauderdale

    It sounded pretty good. I really really hated the 2009 remake just as much as I hated the Nightmare on Elm St remake……. They were both equal in their failed attempts to just make anything with the iconic names attached just to turn a profit. Both of those movies could have been any uninspired horror story…… But they both just happened to be based on 2 of the greatest horror franchises of all time.
    One of my favorite movies from last year was The Final Girls. It was the perfect homage to Friday the 13th. All they need to do is be that good but with less comedy.
    They could actually make a Friday the 13th movie with more heart & emotion. No one has ever cared about the camp counselors so the focus could be made onto sympathy for Jason & his mom’s relationship (But I guess that would make it more like the Halloween remakes tried to do lol). They can at least get rid of the stereotypical characters that are always in these movies. Each character doesn’t need the played out personalities & to die in the same order as always.
    How about a final girl or girls that are not white…… A black or Asian kick butt final girl or how about a final guy even or gay guy…….

    • Reanimated Charlie

      F13 films are not supposed have heart and emotion. All we need is a little back story and some sympathy for Jason and his Mother, that’s it. If you start to dig too deep for ‘reasons’ as to why Jason is who he is or emotional subplots for the counselors then you end up ruining the character like Rob Zombie did for Michael Myers and the film will not be about Jason anymore. Besides, the F13th reboot was pretty excellent all things considered. It had your dumb but charismatic college kids, it was pretty funny, it had hot babes, Jason looked AMAZING and physically intimidating and they made him run which was pretty damn awesome – plus the kills were BRUTAL. Not to mention, they added a lot of cool things like the little underground maze he made for himself with the trip bells, the bear traps he used and his ability to use a cross bow. That was pretty bad ass.

    • Weresmurf

      The only upside to the F13 remake was the fact it was set in the same continuiity as Transformers lmao

  • DannyW.

    What the hell?! this sounds awesome why wouldn’t Paramount go forward with it?! The part where Jason massacres the police force sounds fucking incredible. Plus they got a writer from one of the best TV shows ever, I am super bummed we won’t see this. I love the idea of having it set 80’s why do they want to do a modern take on it? I don’t know it sounds like they just want another uninspired reboot again which really sucks….

  • J Jett

    some parts of the screenplay sound good but i’m glad they didn’t use this. anything overtly supernatural/mystic (like the lake regenerating Jason, etc.) for this franchise just blows. keep it as grounded in reality as possible.

    • That’s the one detail I thought sounded hokey. But it also sounds like it’s not actually discussed in the dialogue just implied visually to the audience so…it might have worked.

    • Weresmurf

      Grounded in reality? Like in part 6 where he’s dug up and reanimated by lightning? Nah, don’t keep it ‘grounded in reality’, that’s the bane of horror movie slashers right there. The adherence to ‘reality’ ruined slasher movies when ‘the fantastic’ went out the window.

      • J Jett

        Weresmurf, i should have been more concise in my comment. i only like/love F13 parts 1-5 (and the reboot). i hate and don’t acknowledge parts 6-30(!!). so when i said “grounded in reality” i meant…
        1. grounded in reality as much as possible
        2. no lightning reanimation, no telekinesis, no Jason in space, etc, etc, etc.

        • Weresmurf

          Sorry dude ya lost me by ‘not acknowledging’ part 6 but ‘acknowledging’ part 5 which is commony and wisely held to be the one that scrapes the bottom of the barrel in the series.

      • diapers

        6 was definitely the start of the supernatural stuff. Yet I can still kinda hang with 6, it had big redeeming qualities: Horshack, and the Lana/Billy scene, the Vinny and Pete punks, good kills, etc.

        • Weresmurf

          I still long for the day when we get an uncut 7 with all the kills put in place… it’s a pity it’ll never happen, the uncut footage on youtube looks incredible.

          • diapers

            Lol, just watched the uncut stuff from 7 for the first time in awhile, pretty crazy stuff, and at least we have youtube. The F13 universe really should have appointed some sort of official archivist from the start, to preserve all original footage in cold storage. Can you imagine a box set of completely uncensored cuts of all the films? I’d have some sort of nervous breakdown.

  • Matt

    It sounded pretty good to me. I would have been happy to see the movie made using a finalized version of that script. I get a kick out of all the people who say they don’t like zombie Jason, or want to go back to when Jason was a “real” person. He was always supernatural, as he died when he was a boy. People always seem to forget that part. Thanks for the glimpse of what might have been.

    • J Jett

      Matt i’m one of those “human” Jason only people. lol. the only entries i like/love and even acknowledge are parts 1-5 (and the 2009 reboot…i know part 5 doesn’t really count.) and in those parts it’s never ever concisely shown/established that Jason actually did die when he was a boy and came back as a ghost (or whatever). one he becomes “zombie” Jason the movies IMO just became unwatchable which sucks because i love parts 1-4 so much!

      • Matt

        Sorry J, but your theory doesn’t hold water, and here’s why:

        1.Jason was stated to have died in the first film, and there was no evidence to contradict that.
        2. At the end of part two when he got whacked very hard through the shoulder blade – A “real” person, without prompt and serious medical attention would almost certainly have bled to death. If he didn’t bleed to death, infection could, and probably would have killed him. If by some miracle he did survive, he very likely wouldn’t be able to raise that arm due to muscle, tendon, and ligament damage.
        3. At the end of part 3 when he gets hung – a drop like that, 15 or 20 feet, would likely break his neck. If , again by some miracle, he didn’t break his neck, the axe through the head would’ve done the trick. If by a 5th miracle the axe blow didn’t kill him, without immediate medical attention, infection would do the job.

        What more evidence do people need that Jason was always a supernatural being? I’m not giving you shit or ripping on you, just pointing out the facts as I see them.

        • I agree that he has always been “zombie Jason” but stylistically he changed from a guy in a mask to a rotting corpse in a mask. I say we’re all right. It’s called decomposition.

        • J Jett

          Matt, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. 🙂

      • diapers

        I’m always with Jett on this one. 1-4, human jason. 5, faux (yet still human) Jason. 6+, zombie/magic jason. I’ll still gleefully watch the later instalments, but I got the human Jason love!

  • Vincent Kane

    Just give me Jason in a hockey mask murdering people in cool ways. I don’t care about story, dialogue etc. I don’t care if it’s zombie Jason, “real” human mutant Jason, chubby Jason, bearded Jason or even Christmas baby Jason. Just give me a Jason murdering people with no remorse or care for who they are or why they are even there and a high body count with hot chicks and at least one douche that really deserves it. Give me that and I’m good.

  • It sounds a lot better than the majorly flawed reboot(which offered no cool kills),being bravely profane and more skillful in its storytelling(via Jason wearing a mask during his childhood[to cover his Mongoloid afflicted facial features]) but it needed some retooling,since it didn’t have an ending nor explained how Jason can breathe in the lake and has his personal powers that keep him indestructible. Otherwise,it would have been a pretty passable film had it gotten a chance to be made.

    • Just curious. Why would we need to know how he’s able to breathe under the water? I feel like explaining every detail is what dilutes these stories. Just my opinion though.

    • Judge Satchmo

      Apparently at one point half his head gets blown off and he shrugs it off, I’m thinking that the “wait a minute” moment would sorta skip over how he breathes under water.

  • washingtonbc2001

    I too have read the script. I also talked to Bruckner and Antosca about their work on the film
    . It would have been an amazing film. Alas, not to be. Listen to my interviews with them at http://www.necronomicast.com

  • A-TOWN CALI DUDE

    I fucking LOVED this! WHY IN THE FUCK didnt New Line and Paramount greenlight this? This had everything i could dream for in a Jason movie…Hands down, this would’ve been the best Friday the 13th in a long time!

    • ScriptGiverTJ

      Because the script is actually very bad. That’s why

  • Gambit G

    its sounded good but knowing hollywood producers and what not they probably wanted a fifty foot Jason resurrected from the lake or something stupid like that.

    • ScriptGiverTJ

      It’s not a good script. The reviewer here oversells it greatly. It’s quite bad actually. The positive review seems less than authentic.

      • Gambit G

        mr script do you know where i can read the script i was sold at the guns n roses music scene lol

        • ScriptGiverTJ

          It is not online. I wouldn’t waste your time anyway, it’s a bad script.

          • Gambit G

            ill take your word for it then lol its must be really bad

      • Matt

        From what is presented here, it seems to be pretty good so far. Many, if not most, of the replies here are positive reactions. I see no reason to doubt Brad’s assessment. Most of us aren’t as lucky as you are to have read the entire script. Again, for what is shown here, it seems like it would fit rather nicely in the F13 Universe. (Especially after the script were finalized, as it says this was from the first draft.) BTW, were any of the final scripts in the series truly “good”?

        • ScriptGiverTJ

          What do the positive replies from people who have not read the script have to do with me when I’ve read the script and think it’s junk?

          Also of note: of the people in the comments that have read the script ALL call it garbage.

          But sure, people’s opinion on something they haven’t read far outweighs mine when I’ve actually read the script. Cool.

          • Matt

            1. The positive replies have nothing to do with you, they are remarks on what we were presented with. We can only judge it by what we’ve seen.

            2. There are only a few here who claim to have read the script.You and CGP are likely the only ones who have read it, as the others say they read it online, which you say is not possible.

            3. Who made you the final word on what is a good or bad script?

          • ScriptGiverTJ

            Who made this reviewer?

          • Matt

            No one made him so. He offered his opinion. We (commenters) largely agree with his assessment. He says it is great, and he’s read it. You say it’s bad, and you’ve read it. But your assessment is the one to be believed? Again, I ask you, why are you the one to be believed, given the fact that us “common folk” have no ability to read it for ourselves? Brad at least is an established writer/reviewer.

          • ScriptGiverTJ

            Lol your whole comment is amazing. Thanks for the good chuckle! Have a good one Matt!

          • Matt

            That’s what I figured.

          • ScriptGiverTJ

            Figured what? That all your reasoning and logic is hilarious and you just HAVE to be right? Totally!

            Ps if brad is a legit writer and reviewer and just read the script… And I read the script last year… Hmmm I wonder what I could be???????

          • Matt

            I don’t have to be right. In fact I’m wrong quite often. I just call ’em as I see ’em. I just wanted to hear why you think you are right.

            I’m not sure that who read the script when has anything to do with the discussion. An opinion is an opinion, whether it was formed 10 years ago or ten minutes ago.

          • ScriptGiverTJ

            I never said I was right, Matt, even after you started this discussion by saying peoples positive comments on a script they haven’t even read outweigh my negative comments even though I have.

            And as far as who read the script when, more mental gymnastics as a result of my reply backing you into a corner. You again bring up a point (Brad being legit), I reply (stating if he is then what is a person that read it a whole year earlier the ), you try to negate that part of the convo.

            Either way, thanks for the fun and laughs! Have a good day fella!

          • Matt

            Though it took quite a while, I have finally removed myself from the corner that you backed me into. During my time of solitude in said corner, I had an epiphany. I realized that you truly are the world renowned “Hmmm I wonder what I could be”. Songs are sung throughout the land in tribute to your legend.

            First, I sincerely apologize for not recognizing you in the beginning. It was a terrible oversight on my part.

            Second, thank you very much for putting me in my place, as it was well deserved.

            Third, I would like to beg forgiveness for ever challenging your authority. I promise to never let it happen again. You really are the final word, as I now humbly realize. You are a giant among men, and I am but a speck of dust beneath your feet.

          • ScriptGiverTJ

            Great! Have a wonderful weekend Matt!

          • Matt

            You do the same douchebag, er, Mr. Hmmm I wonder what I could be.

          • ScriptGiverTJ

            Hahah you’re so angry fella. Take a tums! Hey want the script to read? Will that satiate your smugness? Scriptgiver at gmail dot com

          • Jared Patrick

            I would like to give it a read. I know there’s been some mixed reviews on it, but I would like to read it for myself. I’m a huge Friday fan, so I would like to see where Antosca went wrong and what he got right.

  • ScriptGiverTJ

    Not sure what the author of this post read but that was a massive oversell. Antosca’s draft was bad. Good intentions and I get what he was going for but it was bad.

    Also the take by Guzikowski is also set in the 80s and also very bad (the script reviewed here is probably a little bit better). Not sure what the author here is talking about.

    • Маразм Клинический

      Can you send me final draft? I already read treatment, but I newer read final draft.

  • Matt

    Wow, cool! Thanks.

  • Thanks, Brad. While this sounds pretty amazing I wonder why so many others who’ve read it felt the opposite? Is it a tonal or structural issue? If so, it would only take a few rewrites to shore that up. Or is it the general premise which sounds really fun to me?

    • ScriptGiverTJ

      It’s the characters, the dialogue, and everything else involving the protagonists.

      • Got it. I wish they’d spent more time fixing those issues rather than doing what sounds like another “what drove this innocent young boy to murder” angle we’re getting with the latest take.

        • ScriptGiverTJ

          Both scripts focus on nothing but creating an origin for Jason or playing with the mythology and no care on the counselors/main characters. All the characters in both scripts are truly unlikable.

          • CGP

            Truth.

  • Khy

    “I’ve Read the ‘Friday the 13th 3D’ Script By Nick Antosca!”
    Yeah, you and half of the internet.

    • Walker Leonard

      How??? I want it.

    • Matt

      I’m part of the half that hasn’t read it. Where can it be found? I googled it and found nothing.

      • ScriptGiverTJ

        It’s not online.

    • diapers

      I kinda liked this cliffs notes version, though! Reading the long scripts for some reason makes me open the bottle of bourbon, and then I don’t remember shit.

  • Df

    I read the script also with a quick Google search.

    I laughed at your headline, as if you’re an insider or you were personally allowed to read the script and you had another one of your “exclusive” stories.

    • Ocelot006 .

      For the lazy of us out there….help us find it.

      • ScriptGiverTJ

        It’s not online. That person is lying.

    • A-TOWN CALI DUDE

      Shut up asshole. He was kind enuff to share it with the many who hadnt read it.

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      Exactly. Reminds me of that one idiot troll that used to hang around here that told me they signed their life away for a copy of the script. Yea, ok.

      Would’ve been interesting though. The 80’s backdrop alone would’ve been intriguing. I like a lot of what they were going for here. Not crazy about the idea of Jason drawing strength from the lake and such, but at this point, it’s hard to justify Jason’s existence and the kind of things he went on to do in the later sequels without fusing in some kind of supernatural force.

    • Kristoffer Groves

      Df, for those of us not in the know, can you please tell us what search terms you typed into Google to find it? I’m not having much luck.

  • Blade4693

    Wow, it sounds pretty awesome. It’s a shame it’s not going to happen.

    Btw, was the hockey mask Jason wore in this supposed to be similar one to the above picture rather than the ones we are used to seeing him wear? Idk how that would have gone over with people.

    Anyway, what I pictured it my mind while reading this looked fantastic lol

  • Francesco Falciani

    damned paramount. it looks AMAZING. paramount is still proving they don’t give a shit about fans and Jason.

    • Маразм Клинический

      It’s not. And why do you always spell world ‘AMAZING’ with big letters?

  • Frank Lloyd Jr

    You lost me at George Michael…

    • DuckingGold

      No worries, you’re no great loss anyway.

  • Bozz83

    Sounds good. I think it would have made a good movie. I hope this film actually shoots soon. So many false stops and starts.

  • BloodyDisgusted

    Google is your friend.

    • Bozz83

      I don’t think either draft is just a Google search away. Surely not.

      • Matt

        I tried and found nothing.

      • ScriptGiverTJ

        Neither are online, no. Not sure why people think a Google search will work.

  • EvilHead1981

    Ideas about this SOUND good, but from how you described the characters, they seem like typical “reboot”/Platinum Dunes characters, especially the scene where they are egging on the spirit of Mrs. Voorhees. Maybe there is more likablity in the actual script, but from this article, they seem more aligned with the previous Ft13 reboot(obnoxious douches and chicks, but instead of being modern assholes, they are 80s assholes).

    And had this been filmed, I wonder if they’d actually plan to make it SEEM like it was set in the 80s, or they’d half-ass it(as you see being done a lot) by making people look more like they are from the 90s(“Because it was years ago, who cares!” or so the attitude goes). Sorry, Stranger Things spoiled me. Half-assed attempts in replicating the “look” of the 80s just don’t fly anymore. Takes those fake ass “80s themed club parties” where everybody wears neon, leg warmers and mullets and shove em’ up the asses of anybody who thinks that shit’s a great representation of that decade.

    That being said, wonder how the new version’s going to be. I really want a GOOD modern Ft13 movie.

    • Weresmurf

      Agreed. The idea of Jason becoming just urban legend, 25 years or so going by with no murders, noone remembering the tragedies, it slipping into myth etc, then him suddenly coming back, holds far more interest for me. Hell, hire Thom Matthews to play Jarvis again, he hasn’t acted in years. He’d probably do it. Have him as a Grandfather (he’s 57 now) returning to Crystal Lake for the first time since his youth to confront his demons, when Jason returns, Tommy’s presence setting off this new chain of events.

  • turk

    I know one thing for sure: Breck Eisner has never made anything even remotely resembling a decent movie in his career. So, I have very little hopes for this sequel. Nepotism sucks.

    • Bozz83

      The Crazies was okay no?

      • EvilHead1981

        I’m aware some people love it. I thought it was the same paint-by-numbers reboot of the 00s that is highly MTV music video-esque desaturated stuff that plagued the entirety of the 00s. In that regards, LOL, it was very much similar to what Platinum Dunes crapped out during the majority of their run.

        • Evan3

          I had the same reaction. I am so surprised at the high esteem to which many hold the new crazies, although it is a bit more competent than anything PD has ever made

  • Pc

    Rather than remaking over and over and over….till Jason decides to kill himself….I would finish off from the last movie with Tommy…and end it.

  • AphroditeBoy

    I’m still rooting for this upcoming origin story, but this sounds amazing and would have pleased a lot of fans. Can we just get both please?!? Or maybe this as a novelized version?

    • Matt

      This version as a book would be cool!

  • Francesco Falciani

    but that mask is pretty shitty

  • Overton Green

    I honestly am unsure why it was so hard to reboot this franchise. Am I the only one that thought the remake was pretty good? Of all the recent remakes I feel strongly that F13 remake was the best by far. I watch it regularly, and I am not sure why they didn’t just continue from that movie with sequels.

    It was fun and produced some iconic scenes like “you got perfect nipple placement baby”..I also loved the camp fire scene with the opening cast of kids.

    The opening of the remake was one of the best ever in the franchise…It was a solid Jason film.

    • Halloween_Vic

      I agree they could’ve continued sequels from the remake, the remake is a great solid Friday film. And to me one of the best Jason’s ever portrayed.

      • Darnell

        I agree. Considering how’s much money the Remake made I am surprised they didn’t continue on from that film. It was very well made and gave us the best portrait of Jason since The Final Chapter. Unlike previous Friday films the acting was solid as well.

        It should not be this difficult to create a sequel got a franchise that gave us a sequel every year all through the 80s.

        • Halloween_Vic

          Exactly!!! And being that it was a box office success you would think they would have continued from that one. Still don’t understand why they didn’t.

          • Overton Green

            It’ wasn’t just a box office success. It was a pure juggernaut when you consider where it ranks all time with slasher films.

            It’s 7th all time for slasher films. The only movies above it are Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Freddy vs. Jason, TCM (remake), I know what you did last summer…

            It out earned both of the Rob Zombie Halloween films, and the NOES remake, as well as the My Bloody Valentine 3D remake.

            I mean a $65,000,000 haul for a slasher film is an usual high amount for a slasher film. It’s seven years old and is still sitting at #7 on the all time gross for slasher film. That should tell everyone how much fans liked it. It shouldn’t have taken this long to get a sequel out.

          • Halloween_Vic

            Amen brother a fucking men!!!

  • DarkBree

    This screenplay sounds great and so different from the other movies. It would be great to see this as a movie.

  • SilverFox

    If anyone has this script I can trade Higher by Max Landis?

    • Mike Gionfriddo

      I have the antosca script.

      • SilverFox

        It’s the Aaron Guzikowski script I’m after now..I got many scripts including The Predator by Shane Black to trade!

        • Mike Gionfriddo

          I know where you can find it. Let me know how to get ahold of you outside the fourms

        • Mike Gionfriddo

          thats what i mean. give me a way to contact you and ill let u know where u can find aarons draft

  • osh kosh b’josh

    alluded*

    you hack. not ELUDED. Jesus Christ, brad. you should be embarrassed.

    • Matt

      You’re really digging deep for something to bitch about, aren’t you? By the way, take a peek at what you typed. You’re not quite a literary prodigy either.

  • diapers

    Really, honestly, sounds anywhere from passable to awesome. I like new tendrils of mythology.

  • 4shizzal

    JASON DOESN’T NEED AN ORIGIN STORY. Nobody cares why he is the way he is. We care that he’s scary and unstoppable. Reintroducing him makes about as much since as reintroducing Superman. And the remake was good if not great. And also, NOTHING about Jason makes sense, so let’s stop trying to explain away his inconsistencies. The Friday 13th movies were cheap and poorly written (the found footage flicks of their time). We as an audience have taken a final scare gag and made mythology out of it.

    • Meisha’s Taint

      BINGO!

      The more I know about him the less I like him. Same goes for all the horror icons. No origin stories

    • Jason, much like Michael Myers (from “Halloween”), is more of an idea than a character. Therefore I agree that these ideas don’t necessarily need overwrought “origin stories”.

      That said, there is service from reiterating his feats and nuances as a villain. This, of course, is to humbly contextualize the monster to the uninitiated viewer. I get that we share a sense of ownership of Jason and the franchise, but let’s face it, no movie is ever going to be designed to service its fans at the cost of a compromised story. In this case, I think failing to contextualize Jason to an uninitiated audience would make the story feel incomplete.

      And guys, let’s not make Jason a Michael. Michael, at least from the first “Halloween” movie, is the idea of pure evil and aversion to promiscuity. In this sense, the conscious decision to make Michael somewhat of a subhuman villain is, in my book, effective. There are no whys in “Halloween,” and that is deliberate. In “Friday the 13th” you have that privilege, that vantage from which you understand the idea behind its villain.

      Jason, I think, is the expounder of both ideas of devilry and rage against any form of sexuality. He is a monster that, in the end, we all helped create ourselves—and it would be a shame if the story leaves out how we did it so effortlessly.

  • Jer

    Some of the dialogue needed work but I dog the premise. Really invoked the camp slasher film Madman for me, especially the campfire explanation and then taunting Pamela which wakes up Jason. Really a missed opportunity for a very classic feeling Friday the 13th.

  • Pc

    A movie with Jason talking…..

  • Halloween_Vic

    This sounded so dammm perfect for a Friday the 13th film. Counselor’s, camp crytsal lake open, 80’s style, fun kills, chase scenes. Why didn’t they go with this.

    • Matt

      Couldn’t agree more my friend.

      • Halloween_Vic

        They should’ve went with this. Matt I’m gonna need you to make a couple phone calls.

        • Matt

          I’m all over it.

  • Маразм Клинический

    I’ll be in the minority, but to be honest: the script sucks. I myself did not read the full script, only the Treatment written by Antoska, but even then I realized that it is pure shit. And now, when I saw a full review on the full script, I just want to once again thank fate for the fact that this horrible scenario is not missed.

    Jason wears a mask of Mickey Mouse? What is this fucking shit Antoska ?!

    • Gabe Peña

      Mickey Mouse aside, this sounds like everything that we wanted in a F13 film: Jason, teenagers, tits, and Jason killing those big-titted teens, so there’s that.

      • Маразм Клинический

        It also has a cartoonish tone that JX and FvJ had, nasty characters, absolutely idiotic explanation of the origin of Jason and worst of all: they once again turned to Jason slow and stupid blockhead, which wa created by Ronny Yu and Ken Kirzinger. Disgusting.

  • CLK

    OK CAN I JUST SAY ONE THING: ARTIFICIAL ARM.

    THAT MAKES THIS SCRIPT DISQUALIFYING.

  • Insaneindamembwane

    The mask looks really dumb. I like the 80’s setting a lot and the attention to some of the detail. I liked the previous reboot except that Jason was too big. How about doing a reboot and keeping it simple. A Mickey Mouse mask? I would have liked the director of “House of the Devil” to have a crack at the new reboot. Would have been cool. I think Friday the 13th died when the 80’s ended. It is a product of those times.

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