The ‘Friday the 13th’ Reboot Has Found Its Setting and Script
It’s been a long time coming, but after almost a decade, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are ready to start working on the Friday the 13th reboot. The original 1980 Friday the 13th is a horror classic that introduced hockey-masked lunatic Jason Vorhees to the world, but its sequels over the years have left a lot to be desired. Even the 2009 remake was just not that good. Now, it sounds like Fuller and Form, who also produced The Purge series, are ready for another go at it.
In conversation with Collider, Fuller and Form said that they had to go through a lot of delays in order to make their vision of the reboot actually happen. They said that filming the 2009 version was a ton of fun, but after that the studio really wanted to make a found-footage version, which the two producers were just not having (especially considering how well found-footage has done recently (cough, Blair Witch, cough)). Thankfully, the studio signed off on what they wanted, and they were able to find a location and a script to get the ball rolling.
No, Jason is a POV movie. So, it was very hard to wrap our head around how you would do a Friday the 13th that was found footage, knowing that we really need the Jason perspective of watching. We didn’t want to break the DNA of that. We also battled: do we do a sequel to the original? Do we pick up where we left off with Jared and Amanda at the end of the movie? Somehow, that didn’t find a home. So, it’s been eight years. It will be eight years since we made the last one. I’m here to say that we found the location. We have found the lake, we have found the camp. We found an amazing script by Aaron Guzikowski. Breck Eisner is directing the movie. That movie is shooting in early Spring.
Since this is the thirteenth Friday the 13th, the stakes are a little bit higher. By the time it hits theaters, it’ll be 47 years since the beginning of the franchise, and the producers want it to be accessible to fans old and new — provided they’re 18 or over, as this movie is definitely going to have a hard R rating.
There’s been a lot of mileage between the 1st one and the 13th one. What we don’t want to do is alienate the audience who hasn’t seen the preceding 12 Friday the 13th movies. Aaron Guzikowski’s job, as challenging as it is, is to come up with a movie where if you haven’t seen any go the other ones, you can still come and see this one and love it and not feel like you’ve missed out on anything. And if you have seen the other ones, we want this to feel fresh. That’s what took the longest amount of time: coming up with a story and then executing a script that fulfills both those mandates.
This is exciting news for Friday the 13th fans and general horror fans alike. Can the franchise be given new life almost half a century later? Friday the 13th opens in theaters October 13, 2017.