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Plans to create another installment for the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise have been taking place ever since the release of the 2009 reboot. Bringing Jason Voorhees back to the big screen is not an easy task. Some fans have grown tired of hearing about a new FRIDAY THE 13TH film as previous attempts have all fallen apart and amounted to nothing.
Platinum Dunes has been developing the new FRIDAY THE 13TH film at Paramount for almost three years now. 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.
With all kinds of rumors swirling around about the new FRIDAY THE 13TH film, iHorror spoke with Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller, so that he could clarify a few things. He first wanted to clear things up about his previous "origin-ish" comment, assuring fans that they will not be telling an origin story but rather creating an "alternate reality" in regards to Jason's history.
"Yes, Pamela and Jason are together in this film, but this is the same Jason we all know and love. He’s Jason; he kills – he kills teenagers. We went down the origin route with the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, and I think when you go too deep into a character’s origin, the character stops being scary at some point. I’m not worried about demystifying Jason by revealing parts of his back story, which most of the fans are familiar with."
The script that Guzikowski is working on is set between the late '70s and early '80s. Fuller went on to say that "There is a summer camp, and there are camp counselors."
With rumors and speculation of a possible appearance from Jason's father Elias bombarding the Horror news world Fuller says:
"We haven’t decided whether or not Elias will appear in the film ... The main relationship is between Pamela and Jason."
The FRIDAY THE 13TH film is now Platinum Dunes' main focus with Fuller saying that the project is now on the fast track. As of now there is still no director attached to the new film, but the search is on.
It looks as though things are not moving along quickly enough for the project to make the previous release date of January 13, 2017 that is currently set by Paramount. We can most likely expect a 2017 release though as Paramount has only obtained the rights from Warner Bros. for five years which will be ending in 2018.
We will continue to keep you updated on all things FRIDAY THE 13TH.