‘Friday the 13th’ Sequel May Finally Explain Why Jason Voorhees Can’t Die
A Friday the 13th sequel has been in development ever since Platinum Dunes’ remake hit theaters in 2009. After Paramount dated and rescheduled (and rescheduled) the upcoming sequel, we finally appear to have a new Friday the 13th film hitting theaters in 2016 — the thing is, we haven’t heard much about it. Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has revealed new details today — on Friday the 13th, naturally — about the upcoming sequel, why it’s taken so long and what we might expect from the project.
In a long and illuminating interview with Esquire, Fuller detailed why the Friday the 13th sequel has been languishing in development limbo for so long. What it boils down to is the classic reasons: budget and story. Following the $20 million Friday the 13th reboot in 2009 and Platinum Dunes’ disappointing A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot the following year, the company took some time off to reevaluate their plans for the franchise.
But after Fuller became pals with Blumhouse Productions head Jason Blum and partnered with Paramount, the ball has begun rolling on the sequel again. Fuller and his producing partner Andrew Form know how much they want the film to cost, but there’s just one more hitch: the story. Over the last several years, they’ve had many writers take a crack at the sequel, and they’re still planning on hiring “two or three” more writers in the next few weeks to hopefully land on a solid script.
There’s some very optimistic news here to get us hopeful for the sequel: Fuller says that the new Friday the 13th will not follow the found footage trend, and it will include the familiar franchise tropes of summer camp, kids smoking pot and Jason slashing and hacking his way through it all. Fuller isn’t certain if the new film will tie in to the 2009 movie, nor is he certain if it will take us back to another time in Jason’s life or if it will play around with the established mythology from the franchise.
What Fuller does know is that he’d like to explore a question that’s plagued many fans of the series for decades: why can’t Jason die? Fuller explains:
There’s always been this supernatural aspect to these movies. It defies logic that, you see Jason get killed in every movie, including ours, the 2009 one. And then he comes back and no one’s ever really investigated what that is. So that’s something that I think about a little bit. Like it is supernatural, but what is he? Those are the things that we’re toying with. Nothing has been decided. But those type of things: How does he always come back?
The Friday the 13th sequel will be helmed by The Signal and V/H/S director David Bruckner, who’s been attached to the project since last spring. Fuller appears to be taking his time to really get the next installment of the franchise right, which is a good thing, though we’re not sure if we need to know why Jason can’t die — the more things are explained in horror films, they tend to lose the power to scare you.
We’ll see (if and) when Friday the 13th hits theaters on May 13, 2016.