A new Friday the 13th sequel has been whetting the appetites of horror fans around the globe, ever since the release of the Friday the 13th reboot in 2009 and the on again-off again news of that potential sequel has been driving Friday the 13th fans nearly as mad as Jason Voorhees himself. It seemed a new Friday the 13th film would never really happen, but Brad Fuller, the producer who brought us that Friday the 13th reboot, has set the wheels in motion once again.
Fans of the iconic slasher Jason Voorhees might now be wondering just how committed Fuller is to a new Friday the 13th project. According to Esquire magazine, there has been more action than on a Friday night at Camp Crystal Lake. Plans have been set, the story is in development, and, along with the setting of a release date, a fall shooting schedule is already being arranged.
Mr. Fuller told Esquire that he had always planned a Friday the 13th sequel, but after the rebooted Jason Voorhees failed to bring in more than $65 million, a modest yet unfulfilling return on investment, Platinum Dunes steadily backed away from the idea of a Friday the 13th sequel. As time passed, the Friday the 13th franchise changed from a hot commodity to a bargaining chip used to keep Fuller, a producer known for creating blockbusters, under Warner Bros’ roof. The deals and bargains that shuffled Jason Voorhees from studio to studio ended up putting Platinum Dunes via Paramount back in charge of the Friday the 13th franchise.
This was all good news for Brad Fuller, as well as for the Friday the 13th fans clamoring for more slasher fun. Jason Voorhees haunts Fuller in the most literal sense. The mask worn by Voorhees in the 2009 reboot hangs on Fuller’s wall, taunting him to bring Jason back. It’s something of an obsession for him, leaving him feeling like he’d left something undone and Brad cannot rest until he’s delivered a new Friday the 13th sequel to theaters.
Fuller already has some idea of what the new story will entail. Friday the 13th will be going back to its roots, taking place at summer camp, with teenagers doing what they do best — until Jason Voorhees makes himself known. Many horror fans will be pleased to learn that Mr. Fuller has stated that the sequel will not be a found-footage film, opting instead for a more traditional form of filmmaking. He has also promised that saving money will not interfere with production values.
“You can’t do a great kill quickly. It takes time and the blood levels. You know, every time there’s a drop of blood you have to change their wardrobe and shower people off. You can’t rush that to get it right.”
As for the plot, Mr. Fuller has already admitted to wanting to challenge, or at least to explain, the Jason Voorhees mythology, according to Screen Crush.
“There’s always been this supernatural aspect to these movies. It defies logic that, you see Jason get killed in every movie, including ours, the 2009 one. And then he comes back and no one’s ever really investigated what that is. So that’s something that I think about a little bit. Like it is supernatural, but what is he? Those are the things that we’re toying with. Nothing has been decided. But those type of things: How does he always come back?”
Even if he didn’t have that hockey mask urging him on to create this new Friday the 13th sequel, Brad Fuller admits that the fans would still not let him walk away from their favorite slasher.
“There is nothing more consistent that I get asked about than Friday the 13th. Nothing comes even close. Nightmare doesn’t come close. The Turtles don’t come close. I get direct message tweeted every day, multiple times a day about Friday the 13th.”
Much like Jason Voorhees himself, it seems nothing can kill Fuller’s dedication to this project or the fans’ hunger for more Friday the 13th.
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