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Another FRIDAY THE 13TH movie has been being talked about since 2009's release of the reboot. Bringing Jason Voorhees back to screens across the world is much more difficult than originally planned. With delays populating the situation, the release date for the upcoming film sits in 2017 as of now.
While the FRIDAY THE 13TH film is still in the works, big changes in the machine were made. Near the end of last year it was announced that director David Bruckner was no longer attached to the project and that Paramount had decided to go in a fresh direction, with a new writer in Aaron Guzikowski coming on board to get things re-going.
Fans have been very curious as to what might have been had the previous take on the film panned out. Now we have some solid answers to that as Bruckner spoke with Fangoria saying:
"When I came on board that project, Paramount was exploring whether or not they could do a found-footage FRIDAY, and they brought me in to crack it. I had some very specific ideas; if we were going to do that, I felt it needed to be single-camera. I didn’t think you could bring a whole bunch of media into the room, and that we had to do a kind of classic found-footage movie."
"So writers Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg and I set out in earnest to see if there was a movie there. There are certain restrictions to found footage; just the fact that you’re locked into a single perspective almost makes the slasher formula impossible, because characters tend to wander off on their own all the time and get knocked off. Also, part of what defines some of the greatest slashers is the additional perspective. That was a really fun obstacle to tackle, and we ended up structuring it a little bit more like a monster movie. All the mythos surrounding Jason Voorhees opened up a lot of possibilities, and for a moment in time, we had a story that took place in the ’80s, which worked with the found-footage conceit. It was a return to form in a lot of ways, and we really focused on the characters.”
As the found footage idea was eventually tossed into the trash, Paramount allowed Bruckner and then writer Nick Antosca to go after a traditional style film.
"We were set free from that mandate and did a draft that was not found-footage. We were allowed to truly explore what the film could be as a proper ’80s reboot—what that would look like. My take on it was that I wanted to do DAZED AND CONFUSED meets Jason Voorhees [laughs], a genuine last-day-of-school coming-of-age story. Nick wrote a great draft, and we really wanted to see that movie come to life. It was a very exciting process for me.”
That all sounds like it could have made an interesting film for sure. It's nice to know what might have been.
We can only wait and see what may come our way as Paramount continues the resurrection process for the new FRIDAY THE 13th film with Guzikowski now behind the pen.
We will continue to bring you more on this story as it unfolds.