It’s been a couple of months since we last heard anything about how the new Friday The 13th movie, directed by David Bruckner, is still rumbling on, and now there’s more news about how it’s still gearing up to get made.
Shock Till You Drop spoke to Platinum Dunes exec Brad Fuller, who clarified that the film won’t be found footage and explained why and how it’s taken so long to take shape.
“I could just say that for a long time we were stalled,” he said. “I think you guys reported that the movie was going to be a found footage movie and that was a road that we went down and tried to figure out. Ultimately, I think Michael, Drew and I felt that we couldn’t figure that out, so we kind of jettisoned that whole notion and we had to start over. We’re in the latter phases of that starting over and hopefully we’re getting a script in the next month or two, and we’ll go back to Crystal Lake.”
He went on to suggest that the reaction to the news that the film might be found footage caused the delay as a new approach was needed. “Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movie’s been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movie’s not going to be found footage.”
“At the end of the day, those movies are so fantastic because Jason Voorhees is such a dynamic presence and people love to see him do what he does well. We hope to put Jason in a situation where he’s able to do that again, and it doesn’t feel like you’re seeing the same thing over and over.”
Fuller has been pretty consistent in terms of giving fans updates on how the movie’s coming along and we guess it’s encouraging that they’re paying attention to things that the fans absolutely don’t want to see. Still, we continue to wait to find out exactly what this new approach is going to be.
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