Jason Voorhees has been on hiatus from murderous rampages since 2009. In that time the next film in the fan favorite slasher series Friday The 13th has been in and out of development. We’ve been promised plenty of windows for the films release in 2015 (first March, then November), but nothing was confirmed…until now (allegedly). It was recently announced that the final date has been slated for the next Friday The 13th – May (Friday the) 13, 2016.
Fans of Jason’s bloody big screen escapades have had to wait for his return due to the surprising popularity of another horror film franchise – Paranormal Activity. During an interview with Esquire, film producer Brad Fuller revealed that the success of the low-budget, shaky camera films have changed the viewpoint of some movie studios. Paranormal Activity led movie execs to look towards horror films with cheaper development and production costs as opposed to films such as Friday The 13th.
Fuller has worked alongside Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum on the first two films in The Purge series. With the experience netted from working on both films, each with a budget less than $20 million, Fuller is now more prepared to get to work on Jason’s next slasher adventure. The film’s starting production is set to begin this summer with director David Bruckner (V/H/S ).
Fuller also dropped a few comments regarding an aspect of the legend that this new film may explore – Jason’s perceived immortality:
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?
For us, we’d much rather they leave that aspect alone. It’s like John Carpenter has long said about Halloween;
Michael Myers was an absence of character. And yet all the sequels are trying to explain that. That’s silliness – it just misses the whole point of the first movie, to me. He’s part person, part supernatural force.
So aside from the new Jason movie, and what themes it may choose to tackle, Jason X writer Todd Farmer recently released the original script treatment for the space epic, and spoke about the events that led to its creation:
If memory serves, the day before, we talked dozens of ideas. One of my favorites was Jimmy’s suggestion we set Crystal Lake in winter covered in snow. But there was concern that doing anything modern at Crystal Lake would screw up whatever the FVSJ team was planning over at New Line. I don’t recall which of the many teams that worked on FVSJ was working the script at the time. Cy and Ethan had left. I think it was the King of the Hill guys. Maybe. This was after SCREAM which had derailed FVSJ making everyone demand self-aware characters. If I recall, the King of the Hill guys had the ol’ “It was all a dream” 3rd act which led to the next team.
Anyhoo. We tossed out ideas for Jason takes Los Angeles. Jason takes the Middle-East. And I eventually pitched Jason Bladerunner, where Jason was found cryogenically frozen 500 years in the future. Though everyone involved loved the 500 years later part, the idea of creating “Future World” caused budget fears, so I pitched the space truckers from Alien finding Jason rather than an Alien. Other horror icons “in space” were mentioned but I kept saying, “Right but Alien/Aliens”. The space truckers quickly became a class trip into space to make the cast younger. And I went home and started writing.
Is that enough of a Voorhees-fix for you? We’ll have more once additional news comes out. For now, thanks for reading.
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