As long as there as is a horror genre, there will always be a Friday 13th film. The character and the franchise are too popular for it to vanish completely and while Jason is stuck in limbo after the fiasco of that dreaded remake from a few years back, there are still plans for a new film in the next two years.
One such plan that won’t be happening is that of The Signal’s David Bruckner who if you remember, also directed the quite memorable short segment “Amateur Night” in the original V/H/S. Bruckner was originally approached to bring a Found Footage angle to the franchise which has now been thrown out of the window, but he has been speaking to Fangoria about his plans.
“We were allowed to truly explore what the film could be as a proper ’80s reboot—what that would look like. My take on it was that I wanted to do DAZED AND CONFUSED meets Jason Voorhees [laughs], a genuine last-day-of-school coming-of-age story. Nick wrote a great draft, and we really wanted to see that movie come to life. It was a very exciting process for me.”
“There are are certain restrictions to found footage; just the fact that you’re locked into a single perspective almost makes the slasher formula impossible, because characters tend to wander off on their own all the time and get knocked off. Also, part of what defines some of the greatest slashers is the additional perspective. That was a really fun obstacle to tackle, and we ended up structuring it a little bit more like a monster movie. All the mythos surrounding Jason Voorhees opened up a lot of possibilities, and for a moment in time, we had a story that took place in the ’80s, which worked with the found-footage conceit. It was a return to form in a lot of ways…”
Despite Found Footage now proving to be tiresome, it does sound like Bruckner had a pretty good notion in what makes a Jason film work. Sadly we never get to see it as Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) has taken over the reins. Lets see what he can bring to the table.