It’s not news to anyone that there’s been a lot of trouble resurrecting Jason for a new Friday the 13th film. One would think that it wouldn’t be too hard, considering all you need is a camp, some counselors/teens, and one pissed off hockey mask-wearing murderer. However, it seems that those troubles might be coming to an end as Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have opened up about the film in an interview with Collider.
Fuller and Form start by talking about the 2009 reboot, which saw Derek Mears pick up the iconic machete and hockey mask:
In terms of fun, making [the 2009 film] was so fun. The cast was great, we were in a great setting, everyone got along. We had a lot of fun making that movie and we always wanted to go back to Crystal Lake and make another one. There were so many obstacles to surmount to get to where we are today. I’m not going to bore you with all of them but for a long time, there was a rights issue between Paramount and Warner Bros. Then there was an execution issue. At one point, the studio wanted us to make a found-footage version of that movie and that was deeply concerning to us because we didn’t think we could execute the movie in the right way if it was a found-footage movie.
Understanding that the horror community was not interested in a found footage take on the long-running franchise, Fuller and Form also made it clear that such an option simply didn’t make sense considering how the other entries were presented:
No, Jason is a POV movie. So, it was very hard to wrap our head around how you would do a Friday the 13th that was found footage, knowing that we really need the Jason perspective of watching. We didn’t want to break the DNA of that. We also battled: do we do a sequel to the original? Do we pick up where we left off with Jared and Amanda at the end of the movie? Somehow, that didn’t find a home.
Perhaps most importantly, the duo revealed that they now have a plan in place and will be moving forward in the near future so that we can get another Friday the 13th entry. They explain, “It will be eight years since we made the last one. I’m here to say that we found the location. We have found the lake, we have found the camp. We found an amazing script by Aaron Guzikowski. Breck Eisner is directing the movie. That movie is shooting in early Spring.”
This confirms earlier speculation regarding Breck Eisner, who directed the fantastic remake of The Crazies. Furthermore, it gives hope as they’re confirming a location, a potentially finalized script, and a timeframe during which they’ll be shooting the film, which currently has a release date of October 13th, 2017, which, of course, is a Friday.