Jason to Get "Different" Origin in New FRIDAY THE 13TH

Written by Andrew Pollard Thursday, 02 June 2016

Movie News

Remember that new Friday the 13th movie that’s on the way for next year? Well now comes word that the redo will give audiences a new take on the origins of Jason Voorhees.

Whilst the film is currently without a director following the departure of David Bruckner, there is a script in place from Prisoners’ Aaron Guzikowski. When speaking to The Reel Word about the script, producer Brad Fuller said, “Aaron’s story has great characters. You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward.”

When pushed on whether this was to be an origin story for the hockey mask-adorned Jason, Fuller teased, “Origin-ish, but it’s an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s there, but it’s a little different from what you’ve seen before.”

All that we’ve heard about this latest Friday the 13th movie previously was that it may be done as a found-footage movie. Fuller confirmed that this was considered but ultimately decided against, with him saying, “There was a lot of found-footage scripts that they wanted us to make and I was not going to do that because I don’t think that can exist in Jason Voorhees’ world.”

So we’re still not much the wiser on what we can expect from this next movie, but we do now know that we’ll be getting a different take on Jason’s origins. Is that needed? If you ask us, not in the slightest, but we’re at least a little intrigued by what the film will offer up. If it was down to us, though, you’d have Derek Mears back as Jason and continue off where the 2009 remake left off. Instead, we’re getting another reboot/remake/reimagining/redo (*delete as applicable*).

To date, the Friday the 13th franchise saw an original run of ten movies, then we got 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason crossover, and then came the aforementioned reboot. As well as that, there was the Friday the 13th TV show that had nothing to do with Jason whatsoever and was just an attempt to cash in on the franchise’s name value, although there is currently plans in place at The CW to do a new series based on the property.

Paramount currently plans for this new Friday the 13th movie to hit cinemas in January 2017.

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