Before you get too freaked out, I suspect Jason will be in the film. It’s just that his absence is at the very least a possibility.
A few months back we reported that Paramount is releasing Friday the 13th (2015) on March 13, 2015. We’ve heard a lot about a potential found footage angle (which I oppose) and we know that Platinum Dunes is producing the film for Paramount.
Dunes, Michael Bay’s company run by Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, produced the modern day 2009 remake (that I loved) and Fuller recently opened up about the development process to Crave‘s Fred Topel. When asked if Derek Mears would be returning for the role Fuller answered, “Again, I don’t know because I don’t know if we’re going to have Jason, I don’t know which Jason we’re going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he’s a dream so we’d be lucky to have him.”
I’d love to have Mears back. I’d also love to have, you know, Jason Voorhees. Fuller also mentioned that they’re not yet 100% locked on the script or the found footage direction, “Now it’s a matter of getting a script that we all love, that we feel like we can execute in a great way. That’s always the battle, isn’t it?” On found footage, “ It’s something that we’re looking at, yeah. I never know because it depends on the story and what the story is. It’s been reported, that’s something that we’re looking into but I can’t tell you definitively that that’s what the movie is… I’m well acquainted with some very loud members of the audience who hate found footage and I understand that. I think for us it’s more about what the story is and what’s the best way to tell it. Until we figure out exactly what the story is for the next Friday the 13th movie, I can’t tell you what it’s going to be.”
That last bit gives me a bit of hope. Fuller also mentions that they haven’t heard about a sequel to their Nightmare On Elm Street prequel. He states that New Line and Warner Brothers haven’t been in touch, “In terms of pure box office, I think that’s our highest grossing film worldwide. I’d love to do another one but I feel that way about all of our films. We don’t jump into these films unless we actually loved the characters or the story. I’d love to make Freddy Krueger movies every couple years. It’d be fantastic.”