Don’t call the upcoming Friday the 13th film an origin story.
“Origin isn’t really the right word for this movie,” says producer Brad Fuller, who is overseeing the development of the upcoming Friday the 13th film, through his production shingle Platinum Dunes. “The word Origin got out and everyone’s calling it an origin film now, but that isn’t exactly the direction we’re taking. It’s more of an alternate world that we’re creating for Jason – an alternate space, alternate reality – in this film. 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 to 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 next Friday the 13th film will be a period piece. “The story takes place between the late 1970s and the early 1980s,” says Fuller, referring to the current script by writer Aaron Guzikowski, which Fuller credits for creating a “breakthrough” in the project’s development. “There is a summer camp, and there are camp counselors.”
Oh, and don’t assume that Elias, Jason’s Daddy, will be appearing in the new film, contrary to previous reports. “No, we haven’t decided whether or not Elias will appear in the film,” says Fuller. “Again, that was a comment I made, which was a response to a question about whether or not Elias would be a part of this film. I said that including Jason’s father was an idea, a possibility, but it’s not at all a certainty that he’ll appear in the film. The main relationship is between Pamela and Jason.”
The film is on the fast track. “We’re moving fast,” says Fuller. “All of our energies are now focused on this new Friday the 13th, and we’re laser-focused. First, we had to release the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, and we’ve just been finishing up the next Ouija film. Now it’s all about Friday the 13th.”
With June winding down, is it even possible that the next Friday the 13th film could make its loosely-scheduled January 13, 2017, release date? “No,” says Fuller, who then pauses, “but that decision will be made by Paramount Pictures, and I’m sure they will announce a release date soon – whether it’s the next Friday the thirteenth date in October 2017, or another date altogether. Things are moving very fast, and we all know that these films can be filmed and then released very quickly. We’re now looking for a director and hope to start filming soon.”