Jason Might Not Be In The New ‘Friday The 13th’?!

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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.

Source: Crave
  • Smarty

    I can’t speak on behalf of everybody, but I personally love the found footage aesthetic for films. For the next Friday the 13th, I hope that if they do go through with the found footage aesthetic that they utilize it purposefully (in other words, no unnecessary shaking of the camera). I would almost love to see the next Friday the 13th alternate between the handheld aesthetic and the aesthetic they used for the 2009 release that way, they are still “trying something new,” but not overdoing it, plus I think that the audience could hack a little bit of found footage since that seems to be the trend nowadays. As far as Jason…he has to be in the movie NO QUESTIONS ASKED! I don’t want a repeat of Halloween III (to be honest, I didn’t even watch the whole film, but once I noticed that Michael Myers wasn’t showing up after like twenty minutes, I put a stop to it).

    • AmyEKessler

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  • divisionbell

    The only way I can see not having jason is if they did the mom. Personally the only thing that makes sense to me is a sequel to the reboot and bring it back to camp. Simple as that.

    As for found footage, it’s a horrible idea and just cheapen the film. After Halloween tried it I can’t see any other major series try to bring their films into that realm.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I completely agree. The idea of not having Jason is as weird and stupid as the rumor that the Scream TV show will be supernatural in nature. I just don’t get it.

    • Tallman29

      What’s wrong with having Jason’s father be the killer this time out? We’ve never seen him before and I can only assume that he was the one that gave Pamela Voorhees a proper burial

      • Chance

        Unless no one claimed the body, in which case, depending on the county, she would have been buried by the state in a potter’s field, had burial services donated by a funeral home, been donated to science, or cremated.

    • QueenOfHell

      A Friday the 13th movie without Jason is like, A Nightmare on Elm Street movie without Freddy Krueger.

      I mean, Jason made this movie popular for horror fans like myself. Jason made the FT13th films what they are today – classics.

      Take that away, then what do you have? NOTHING!!!!

  • manmean

    Ugh. I am so damn sick of these found footage movies. They basically ruined horror movies because now every schlep thinks he can make a horror movie with a decent video camera. 99.9% of them suck. I’m predicting this Friday the 13th sequel will be part of that very long list of terrible found footage movies. Booooooooooooooooooooo!!!

    P.S. Michael Bay needs to stay away from horror…PLEASE.

    • QueenOfHell

      god I hate Michael bay. he ruined transformers for me. the 3rd looks dumb as fuck with a Victoria’s secret model who CANT fucking act if her life depended on it. its im not gonna bother seeing the 3rd one.

      he will even ruin the TMNT franchise. he is producing it and megan fox will play april o neil in it. im like NOOOOOOOOOOOO in Darth Vader’s voice.

  • Michael-West

    Here is my lame idea of what they are planning. We’ll see if it’s really what they do: A school field trip or some other group of teens go out into the woods. There is a campfire story of Jason. Nobody believes it. Then, kids start to turn up dead. It turns out it was really one of the kids doing the killings the whole time, using the story as a cover/excuse. And, because of something they said in the interview, they then have the REAL Jason show up at the very end to kill this imposter and the teen holding the camera, because, you know, it all has to be done as found footage.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I wouldn’t want that for Jason, but as an idea for an original story, it’s kind of cool.

      • djblack1313

        WalkWithMe, i agree w/ you. Michael-West, no offense but i would not at all want that for a F13 film. i DO like the idea as a horror movie but not as a F13 film.

    • huntermc

      Scream meets Friday the 13th. It could work.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    What the fuck is happening? First, I highly doubt Jason won’t be in the movie. Platinum Dunes is hated enough, they don’t need to make it worse by leaving Jason out of his franchise. So although I don’t see them doing a movie without Jason, I’m still hoping this found footage angle gets thrown out. It’s clearly just a response to the success of found footage films and it’s fucking annoying. Keep your Blair Witch out of my Friday the 13th. Oh, and they should never be allowed to get anywhere near the Nightmare franchise again. The first one was an abomination. God himself was insulted by that horrid retread. At the very least, I thought the F13 remake got the Jason character right (even if the movie itself was mediocre). Derek Mears did a great job in the role and I’d like to see him return. But they fucked Freddy up so bad. The Purge 2? Yes. Ouija? Yes. A new Friday with Jason and without found footage? Yes. A new Nightmare from these guys? No fucking thank you.

    • djblack1313

      @WalkWithMeInDarkness, i agree w/ you 1000000000%!!!

      • djblack1313

        @WalkWithMeInDarkness, oops, except i Do like the reboot. but i agree w/ everything else you said. :)

        • Kwonkicker

          Agreed, I adore the remake.

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          @djblack1313 Thank you. I don’t hate the remake, I just think it had some definite issues that kept me from loving it, one of the biggest being the lack of a spirit of fun and the very standard kills (there were only like 3 that I thought were cool and somewhat unique.

    • Darkness69

      Yes, yes, yes, thousand times yes! The Nightmare remake was a true nightmare! I cannot even begin to list all the things that were wrong in it, but one thing’s for sure – you watch this movie and you clearly see all that is wrong with all these remakes lately! Man, I wish there was a law that would forbid tampering with franchises!

      • WalkWithMeInDarkness

        @Darkness69 Haha. I think the Nightmare remake should be shown at film schools as an example of how NOT to make a horror movie, remake or not.

        • Darkness69

          @WalkWithMeInDarkness Iagree – “fair warning, kids” + one of the exam questions would be if they think the movie is good or not. If answered yes, they would flunk the exam.

  • WalkingDeadGuy

    I don’t buy for a second that they’d release a F13 movie without Jason. Also, why do they set a release date when they don’t have a story, a script, or a director?!? They seem so concerned with producing the very best project (which they should be) but setting a date before they have all their ducks in a row will cause a rushed failure. But that’s Hollywood I guess.

  • djblack1313

    of course Jason (Derek Mears) will be in this movie! this is a non-issue. he’ll be back. i’ve always defended most of Platinum Dunes/Form/Fuller’s movies (i do love the reboot) but i’m over them. they are clearly trolling now. coming out of their caves to rile up F13 fans (much like Mr.D does with WALKING DEAD fans on this site).

    and fuck them. it’s not just “some very loud members of the audience” who HATE the idea of a found footage F13 movie. literally on every site that has had an update regarding this upcoming F13 movie just about EVERY person has said they hate (or will refuse to go see) a F13 ff film.

    Fuller & Form i’m now convinced are just trolling. they get some fucked up satisfaction in making the most ridiculous statements/ideas for this upcoming movie knowing it will upset F13 fans. as i said, i always defended them/their movies (most of them) but i will no longer do so. fuck them. i now wish someone else, ANYONE else, had control on this franchise.

  • Erebus Dirge

    I think if the have to absolutely do a found footage Friday 13th movie then they should do it from the POV of hoax hunters or the like who are doing a myth busters thing by investigating the urban legend of Jason going to Camp Crystal Lake, only to find that the man himself is real, it could be good if they do the whole ” slender” thing but with Jason appearing towards the end.

    • Chance

      The problem with a found footage angle is that it relies on the idea of the footage somehow having been found. Camera perspectives from cameras not likely to ever be found is kind of cheating and I don’t see Jason just leaving some cameras laying around since they’ve shown fairly consistently that he tends to hoard his victims items.

      If that wasn’t enough of a narrative breaker, one would have to believe that some one or some group of people found all his lair and all his stuff, grabbed up all the cameras, and made it out without their own altercation with him (one they’d likely not have survived, or at the least an entire movie of it’s own.

  • EvilGuy

    Wow… i have no words…

  • Voorhees83

    Yeah, I read the same thing from the guy who did the interview. Basically, I think his point was he knew absolutely nothing about the new Friday movie and exaggerated Jason not being in it since he doesn’t know anything about it. In other words, I’m convinced he was joking. It was a small comment not to be taken seriously.

    Love or hate found footage films, found footage is not the correct path for a Friday the 13th film.

    If I had to bet money on what the new Friday the 13th movie will be, it would be a prequel when Jason was a boy at the camp.

  • zigwardScissorHands

    On the found footage thing. Its been a hot sub genre for a couple of years now but I truly believe they’re done. I do (I did) like found footage flicks but everyone is wise to their tricks. There isn’t much you can do with them anymore. They have a formula and it worked for a while. Friday the 13th would have to do something extraordinarily special and original to make it stand out. The article talks about the best way to tell the story, found footage is rarely the way.

  • memnoch1991

    The horror genre I once knew and loved is slowly dying :(

    • DreamWave

      The horror genre has been slowly dieing since the end of the 80′s, with tiny little trinkets of hits sprinkled here and there. I’d say the mid to late 90′s were the worst hands down with teen beat WB ‘I know what you did last summer/scream’ clones pretty boy slashers.

      As of late, the last great 2000′s horror movie to blow my mind was none other than ‘Inside’ which i’d say is pretty close to being a masterpiece and is the most disturbing horror flick i’ve ever layed my eyes on….Not counting ‘martyrs’(wasn’t exactly a straight up horror movie)which makes inside feel like a trip to disney land.lol

      The Evil dead remake wasn’t too shabby, probably the best remake to ever spew out of the 2000′s, but it played it VERY safe….I was disappointed with the generic exorcist looking deadites. :P

      • Chance

        That your two recent examples are foreign films says much about the state of Hollywood horror.

  • Spike0037

    Dont think it has to be Jason’s mom it could be a brother. A twin brother or a sister. Yes I know Jason had a deformity I am not saying identical. Think it would be a nice take on it

    • Voorhees83

      That’s a bit much and sort of ridiculous. Don’t you think?

      • Spike0037

        Yes it sounds a bit much but the mother thing was done. But my point with the twin brother/sister. I work with special needs kids who have a brother or sister that is a twin and they happen to be extremely protective of them.

        • Chance

          Wasn’t there another horror franchise that pulled the family member you’ve never heard of angle 7 movies in?

          Freddy’s long lost daughter didn’t go over too well either.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      That’s cool that you work with special needs kids. See, world, we horror fans aren’t all a bunch of evil fuckers! :)

      • QueenOfHell

        hahaha I agree. I worked at a grocery store and helped elderly people put their groceries in their car AND I got a 5 dollar tip for it. one time I even got a 10 dollar tip for it. I never told anyone, except my parents and you guys here. I mean getting a tip makes you feel good. it makes me feel good. :D there are some horror movies I like [tho most give me nightmares and make me lose sleep] and some just suck [like the phsycho remake] that movie DID NOT need to be remade. AT ALL. -_-

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          In a perfect world, they’d only remake bad films and leave good movies be. But I’ve said before that nothing is sacred to Hollywood.

  • EvilHead1981

    I read the article at Shock Till You Drop, and Brad also mentioned that New Line/WB might not be intersted in a NOES sequel because they are more interested in heading towards making horror more like The Conjuring.

    That being said, that atmosphere seen in The Conjuring could totally benefit a new NOES movie. I always felt it was much deserving of the “atmospheric creepines” than “music video-styled horror”. That one specific scene in particular(with the Warren’s daughter”) oozed the type of horror and atmosphere right for the NOES series.

  • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

    True or not, I have bad feelings about this new F13th film.

    First, we have the speculation about a found-footage POV, and now there’s speculation about no Jason? I dunno. Everything feels way too iffy now.

    • Kwonkicker

      We’ll just have to wait and see. I still have faith another F13th will be kick ass.

      • http://mitchmacready.blogspot.com/ Zombie-Killa

        I guess. I’ll save my bitching for the first trailer, if it’s shit. Before I started posting here, I had LOW expectations for the 2009 remake, but I loved it. Still, I cringe at the thought of a F13th film in found-footage!lol.

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    i hated the remake so i really don’t care all that much about the sequel. 2 things ruin that entire movie for me. 1. since when does jason kidnap people? 2. near the end when the guy literally screamed like a girl. hard to take the movie seriously after that

    • tommyblah

      I agree, but I hate the sloppiness of the production even more.

      When he machetes the girl under the dock, it repeats the same exact shot of Jason walking away that it showed 10 seconds before. FAIL. And these guys get paid MILLIONS to do this.

  • Voorhees83

    Don’t forget the missing chi chi chi ha ha ha music and score. Also the stupid new generation teens, etc.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Yeah, they did the same with Nightmare. The classic theme appears like once and the teens are a bunch of people who are already so dead inside that no one cares once they start getting slashed up.

      • EvilHead1981

        The thing about Platinum Dunes is, I don’t doubt Fuller’s a fan of horror, but it seems to be on a superficial level. Their style of horror seems to be the most basic of what a layman would call “horror”, stupid angsty or unlikable teens, pointless gore, pointless sex/drugs/stupidity, fast kills, jump scares and such. It’s almost the adolescent view of horror, where someone older might see a horror movie and say, “Yeah, that kill was inventive and creepy.” or “The idea behind this is pretty trippy and original!”, a kid would just come of and say, “Boobs and gore! Boobes and gore! Fuck, shit, ass, cunt, boobs and gore!!”. For some generic as fuck horror movies, that’s fine. For A Nightmare on Elm Street, kinda going the garden variety route(not as overly cliche as Ft13), as in overly produced long ass MTV-ish music video movie, it just didn’t do it for me.

        I said it above, The Conjuring had some great atmosphere and creepiness. The ORIGINAL A Nightmare on Elm Street had great atmosphere and creepiness. I think far more creepy than the remake, even though it was obvious in scenes they TRIED to make the remake creepy by going overboard with the weathered, decrepit looking locations. I think that’s a point lost on a lot of horror movie directors/set designers. You don’t have to make everything look as rusted, decrepit, haunted housey, worn and torn, musty and ancient to get an unnerving and creepy feel. Sometimes, if you are skilled(of course), you can present a very familiar location, a normal household, a normal school, and retaining the look, still have it feel like it’s a threatening location. No way was Nancy’s house in the original series less threatening a place after it was shown as being decrepit(NOES3 and on) than it was in the first two movies. It was still a creepy place nonetheless.

        • WalkWithMeInDarkness

          It’s interesting and unfortunate that the Nightmare remake went the totally generic teen horror film route when the original Nightmare was so not typical and generic that it stood out among stuff like Friday the 13th (I love Friday, but it’s definitely the blueprint for your typical teen body count movie). It’s a though they targeted generic teens in real life with their generic film, leaving us actual horror fans in the dust.

  • Francesco

    according to fuller “the purge” is a found footage….so i’m ok with that if it’s something like that is what is on his mind. the only thing is f13th IS JASON…u can’t make a movie without him. hope they are smart enought to know that halloween 3, jgth e f13th part 5 flopped ’cause jason wasn’t in it.

  • Voorhees83

    Teens in slasher flicks have always been kind of stupid as far as predictability. As cliche as that might be, they have been fun in the past decades. Gives it that fun campy feel where you root for the killer to kill the teens. Most new generation teens will never understand that. Now that the teens are growing up in a new generation with no new good music coming out, movies becoming repetitive and more competition in the world, they all seem to lack fun and personality of the teens before the 2000′s even if they were more cheesy. It’s becoming more and more like “hurry up and kill these teens”. Maybe I’m just getting old and sound like an average old person talking about “the good old days”, but I don’t think it’s that simple.

    To say the original Nightmare on Elm Street is far more creepy then the remake is an understatement. The remake should never be talked about again and forgotten about. Movies like “The Conjuring” are great of course. Definitely smarter then the average slasher flick. We can’t have all smart horror flicks though.

    Also, I’m surprised there is this many comments from such a meaningless statement about no Jason.

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      That’s true about teens in slashers. They were a lot more fun to watch years ago than they are now. I think about the kids in Friday the 13th Parts 4 and 6, some of them were dumb but fun to watch and seemed like they were having fun. Or Scream, where the characters were better written and a bit smarter than typical horror movie teens. It’s not about you being old. I’m 24 and I hate the depiction of modern teens in modern horror movies. They’re so unlikable and lifeless that it almost seems pointless to have some killer off them. They all seem like they’re dead already. Maybe because of how a lot (not all) of modern teens come across as insensitive and self-centered and therefore unsympathetic, Hollywood feels like they’re being realistic by portraying them as such. It might be accurate, but it does nothing for me as far as wanting to give a fuck about the teen characters in horror films. That’s one of my complaints with the Friday remake. The kids didn’t have the spirit of fun that kids in the original franchise had. They didn’t seem like they should even be together at the lake house, they didn’t come off as though they were friends. I don’t have a problem with stereotypical characters ( the slutty girl, the douche bag, the virginal final girl) as long as they’re not walking voids. Just give them some personality.

      • Primeus

        The problem with the remake is that it’s very hard for me to watch. The reason is the first set of kids at the start of the film felt very much like all the other kids you have seen in the Friday the 13th franchise. The second set of kids/victims were not likable at all. They felt very poorly written, and outside of the Asian dude, and the black guy they were just not likeable. The “you have perfect nipple placement baby” is probably the best part about the last 70 minutes of the movie.

        I really wish they would have kept the first set of kids. They were so awesome and it looked as though they were having fun with the their roles. Overall the F13 remake wasn’t bad but it could have been so much better. The NOES remake was complete garbage, and is hard to watch.

  • shane1life0

    I don’t think they would be dumb enough to not put the main star of Friday the 13th in their movie, he’ll be there. Found Footage though .. ehh. It’s really hit or miss – they could actually make a really good horror movie with Jason in a found footage perspective if they do it right. It would be a change up from the linear “go to the woods, have sex, drink smoke and die.” I do love the ridiculous way he murders people though and that may not be as easy to do with found footage.. and less boobs? Sad. I have hope for this movie though.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street PREQUEL though? Come the fuck on. We get back stories in every movie, we all know Freddy’s back story. They did a back story in the first movie! It was all about the girl finding out what happened to him. Come on, get your shit together and just take the franchise forward. We don’t have to have a prequel everytime something reboots, and it’s a HORROR movie, this isn’t the story of Dick and Jane, get to the point of the movie and take it forward not backwards. How can you go from a reboot, to a prequel.. to a sequel? I’ll never understand these peoples ideas.

    • Voorhees83

      I believe the post was referring to the Nightmare on Elm Street remake when they said prequel which they mentioned exists already. They said “sequel to their Nightmare on Elm Street prequel”. Even though the remake could be treated as a prequel since it has more back story, it was more of a remake then anything and a horrible one it was.

      A true Nightmare on Elm Street prequel was talked about from Robert Englund years ago and I’m all for the idea. It would be Robert Englund without makeup torturing all those kids. Then trial in court followed by the big burn at the end. Even though we all know the back stories, we don’t have the full layout and picture. Just a quick summary.

      The question for people is would you rather continue the original series whether it includes a prequel or sequel or do another stupid remake or sequel to a remake. Every time people complain and ask for completely different ideas after numerous sequels, we get crap like remakes. Lets keep it the same and true to what we love. We all know our favorite monsters don’t die, so lets keep the stories going. Not make them new all over again.

  • cjames

    There is way to much found footage movies and taking Jason out of the equation there is no Friday the 13th. Yes Mrs. Vorhee’s was the original killer. But Jason was what sold this film franchise. He’s an iconic horror creation that needs to be in it. And I really don’t want to see more role reversal B.S. I’m definitely out if there is no Jason in it. Good luck trying to sell the film with out him.

  • Francesco

    it’s just 14 months away…and they don’t have a script or idea yet…sounds almost impossible to make it in time.

  • Marty McFly

    No Jason!?!? Fuck that shit. Give me Jason! I wouldn’t mind seeing Pam in maybe the first part of the movie, like kind of telling her story (not like that 30 second intro in the reboot) and then have the last 2/3 of the movie just be Jason doin’ his thing.

  • Francesco

    is it that difficult to write a script for f13th???

    • tommyblah

      no. we had one a year for 8 years. many of them were received well and still regarded as classics. these guys are brain-dead.

  • VictorCrowley

    Surely the lessons learned from Friday V will be the main factor in them deciding to have JASON in a FRIDAY THE 13TH film. I mean, what the fuck. Why would he even say such a thing? That’s like having a Superman movie with no………..ah, fuck it. Idiots.

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    If you would go so far as to change the whole asthetic and take out the main character, why don’t you just go ahead and make an original godamn movie instead of tricking F13 fans into seeing your lazy found footage bullshit?

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      Boom! Perfectly said.

  • Francesco

    now POLTERGEIST remake is scheduled for february 13th 2015…3 remake reboots in the first 3 months…

  • tommyblah

    I’m more than annoyed about the lack of talent involved in this project. Basically, we still got nothing. He doesn’t even know if Jason will be in it?..can this guy be anymore non-committal? Really, why is it so difficult for them to make an entry to a series that others have found it so easy to make (and succeeded, both among the cult fans and newbies)?

    The latest NOES entry was a pile of crap…it was like everyone ran out of interest a couple days into making it. And yet, he seems more interested in working in another one of those? Can we please just give F13th to someone who CARES A LITTLE????

    • Francesco

      very very good point! i’m with u!

  • jaxx367

    Weather its found footage or not, I’m totally in. Just as long as I get to see Jason again. It’s going to be awsome and I can’t wait to go back to Crystal Lake!!!!