It’s now been six years since Jason Voorhees slashed up the big screen in 2009’s Friday the 13th remake, and the past couple years have seen various release dates attached to a follow-up installment. But we won’t have to wait much longer, as Jason’s return has been confirmed for next year.
Set to be directed by David Brucker, the sequel/reboot/whatever it’s going to be called was at one point in time rumored to be a found footage film, which fans were unsurprisingly not too excited about. And it seems the guys in charge were listening, as the gimmick has been dropped.
“I think you 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,” producer Brad Fuller told Shock Till You Drop this week. “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.”
“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 went on to note that the fan reaction to the found footage news played a huge part in those plans being changed, which is something that’s pretty cool to hear. It’s always nice to know that we have a voice, as fans, and it’s even better to know that our voice is being listened to.
“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,” added Fuller. Amen to that.
The next Friday the 13th film is set for release on May 13th, 2016.