With a new Friday the 13th currently booked in for next year, all has been a little quiet on what we can expect from this next outing in the franchise.
At one stage it was believed that the next instalment would have a found footage feel to it, although that rumour luckily proved to be just that: a rumour. Now, speaking to Shock Till You Drop, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has been giving an update on Jason’s next outing.
Fuller said, “I think you guys reported that the movie was going to be a found footage movie. That was a road that we went down and tried to figure out. Ultimately, I think Michael and I felt that we couldn’t figure that out, so we kind of jettisoned that whole notion and we had to start over. We’re in the latter phases of that starting over and hopefully we’re getting a script in the next month or two, and we’ll go back to Crystal Lake.”
On what we can expect to see from the next film, he added, “At the end of the day, those movies are so fantastic because Jason Voorhees is such a dynamic presence and people love to see him do what he does well. We hope to put Jason in a situation where he’s able to do that again and it doesn’t feel like you’re seeing the same thing over and over.”
Discussing the negative response from fans to those found footage rumours, Fuller responded, “It absolutely weighs on me, and there have been many times when the fans have affected surely the way we think about, and in some cases that way we shot, some of the stories. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of bullshit in what they’re saying, but very often you’ll get a fan with such a great idea, or a great notion, and it’s meaningful to us. Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that it might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had a tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movie’s been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movie’s not going to be found footage.”
With David Bruckner to direct, the next outing in the Friday the 13th franchise is currently pencilled in for a May 13th, 2016 release.
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