The saga of the next Friday The 13th movie continues. A while back, it was going to be a Found Footage film, something which didn’t seem to please many, and there was even talk that it may not feature Jason Voorhees. Then we heard it was going to be set in the 1980’s. In July, we heard that David Bruckner [VHS] was going to direct, and that Nick Antosca [Hannibal] had written a script, but Paramount don’t seem to have been happy with it and have been looking for new writers. All this means that the planned release date of Friday the 13th May 2016 certainly won’t be made.
Sean H. Cunningham, writer and director of the first Friday The 13th and now series producer, was interviewed by Fangoria about this.
FANGORIA: There have been rumors going around that the new Friday The 13th film will take place during the winter as well as other ideas, can you comment on that?
CUNNINGHAM: They’ve been talking about that, but that’s not going to happen. I think what’s different for sure is Paramount was hung up on trying to do the found footage, which most fans, including me, just thought it wasn’t right. They weren’t saying yes to anything that didn’t work but they couldn’t find anything that would work. So finally, last February they gave up on it and decided to go in a completely different way and now they’re in the process of once again finding a better way to make it.
They need to break out of the core audience and add to that audience to get crossover traffic. I think the trick will be in taking Jason as he is and finding a way to involve him in slightly more complicated but purely primal stories, and that sounds kind of important but how do you do that? But I think if you can add that to what we already got then I think it really can sing.
Actually I rather liked the snowstorm idea; it would have helped the new film stand out while still allowing it to remain true to the original concept. While I can understand a bit of caution due to the middling quality of Marcus Nispel’s mediocre reboot, I do find it odd that so much time is being spent on this, and am a bit dubious about some of what Cunningham is saying. Complicated? It’s a Friday The 13th film for goodness sake! All you need are Jason, some teenagers, and some inventive kills!