At long last there’s movement on the resurrection of the Friday the 13th franchise, which has been in development hell since Paramount nabbed the rights from Warner Bros. in exchange for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.
Skipping the lengthy backstory, the latest is that producers Platinum Dunes have been waiting on a first draft from Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski, which was due this month. This would dictate the next steps in bringing Jason Voorhees back to theaters.
Since they were starting from square one, all variables were unknown, except that it wouldn’t be found-footage.
Now that Platinum Dunes is sending TMNT 2 into theaters next month, they can focus on reopening Camp Crystal Lake…and this starts with the screenplay.
It’s all good news as Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller has not only confirmed that a script has been delivered, but also that they’re moving forward with it, reports The Reel Word.
“Aaron’s story has great characters,” Fuller explained before revealing that they’re going to try and really understand Jason’s motivations. “You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward.”
When asked for clarity on the next Friday the 13th being an origin story, Fuller dropped two bombs: “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.”
You read that correctly. Jason’s mother, Pamela, is going to make some sort of appearance in the new incarnation that’s still seeking a director.
What sort of new take could Guzikowski be attempting, especially if Pamela is involved? (I’m still dying to know more about Jason’s father…)
As of this writing the plan is for Jason to return on Friday, January 13, 2017.