Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller recently sat down to chat with The Reel World (via Gizmodo) about what shape the production company’s latest attempt at rebooting the “Friday the 13th” franchise might take (the company, which is led by Fuller and partners and Michael Bay and Andrew Form, already tried to breathe new life into the film with a 2009 sequel), and the direction they’re looking out will likely not surprise anyone. An origin story. Kind of.
The new “Friday the 13th” is being penned by rising screenwriting star Aaron Guzikowski (who previously wrote “Prisoners,” so the guy is definitely not afraid of getting dark and actually mining human behavior in service to horror), who is reportedly still working on his script. But the bones are there.
“Aaron’s story has great characters,” Fuller explained. “You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward.” When asked if that meant that the film was an origin story, Fuller replied, “Origin-ish, but it’s an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s there, but it’s a little bit different from what you’ve seen before.” (Pamela is, of course, Jason’s mom and a cook at the notorious Camp Crystal Lake. Oh, and the main baddie in the first film!)
The indication that Pamela is there and that the story involves going back hints that this one might go way back, perhaps to dive deeper into the twisted story of Jason’s parents, Pamela and Elias. Perhaps it will even dip into something like, oh, the 2007 two-part comic book series about Pamela and Elias’ ill-fated marriage and the bloody murder that ended it.
Fuller did, however, promise one thing: The film will not be found-footage. He told the outlet, “There was a lot of found-footage scripts that they wanted us to make and I was not going to do that because I don’t think that can exist in Jason Voorhees’ world.”
The new “Friday the 13th” will reportedly be released in 2017.