Paramount’s Friday the 13th reboot franchise is running out of luck. Jason was first supposed to put on his new hockey mask for a January 13, 2017 (Friday the 13th) premiere, but that was pushed to a October 13 opening. Darren Aronosfky’s mother!, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, will now take the Friday the 13th release date slot. So what is happening at Camp Crystal Lake?
The Friday the 13th reboot was produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, which produced the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. The screenplay was written by Aaron Guzikowski. The film was directed by Breck Eisner.
The newest reanimation of the slasher classic has had its share of misfortune.
“There were so many obstacles to surmount to get to where we are today,” Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form told Collider when shooting began last spring. “There was a rights issue between Paramount and Warner Bros. Then there was an execution issue. At one point, the studio wanted us to make a found-footage version of that movie and that was deeply concerning to us because we didn’t think we could execute the movie in the right way if it was a found-footage movie.”
The producers pulled back from the new Blair Witch tradition because it didn’t gel with the innermost character of the kid in the hockey mask
“Jason is a POV movie,” Fuller and Form told the magazine. “So, it was very hard to wrap our head around how you would do a Friday the 13th that was found footage, knowing that we really need the Jason perspective of watching. We didn’t want to break the DNA of that. We also battled: do we do a sequel to the original? Do we pick up where we left off with Jared and Amanda at the end of the movie? Somehow, that didn’t find a home.”
The creative team says a lot has happened in the eight years since they produced the last installment and they let the years take their toll.
“There’s been a lot of mileage between the 1st one and the 13th one,” the team told Collider. “What we don’t want to do is alienate the audience who hasn’t seen the preceding 12 Friday the 13th movies. Aaron Guzikowski’s job, as challenging as it is, is to come up with a movie where if you haven’t seen any go the other ones, you can still come and see this one and love it and not feel like you’ve missed out on anything. And if you have seen the other ones, we want this to feel fresh. That’s what took the longest amount of time: coming up with a story and then executing a script that fulfills both those mandates.”
This is the third reimagining for the Friday the 13th franchise since the end run of the 10 installments of the iconic original 1980-2001 film series (and 2003 crossover Freddy vs. Jason). The first reboot dropped in 2009 and was met with less than critical or horrific acclaim and didn’t do to well at the box office. The Breck Eisner-directed reboot – working off a script by Aaron Guzikowski of Prisoners and the upcoming Papillon remake – will attempt to ground itself more in the homicidal backstory of the undead hockey mask slasher Jason Vorhees. Indeed, the tragic origin story of the deformed, maligned and martyred child-turned-slayer of lascivious camp counselors will carry more weight in this version.
Friday The 13th Reboot Story and Setting
The upcoming Friday the 13th reboot will be a period movie, The reboot will be a period film that “takes place between the late 1970s and the early 1980s.” The set up will be the same. “There is a summer camp, and there are camp counselors,” but it won’t exactly be an origin story, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller told iHorror.
Aaron Guzikowski’s (Prisoners) script for the Friday the 13th reboot will tell how Jason Voorhees got his trademark hockey mask but will be “origin-ish” and set in an “alternate reality” to the film franchise’s history.
“Origin isn’t really the right word for this movie,” Fuller told David Grove of iHorror. “The word Origin got out and everyone’s calling it an origin film now, but that isn’t exactly the direction we’re taking. It’s more of an alternate world that we’re creating for Jason – an alternate space, alternate reality – in this film.”
The producers haven’t spilled on the rumors that Jason’s father Elias will appear in the reboot.
“No, we haven’t decided whether or not Elias will appear in the film,” Fuller told iHorror. “Again, that was a comment I made, which was a response to a question about whether or not Elias would be a part of this film. I said that including Jason’s father was an idea, a possibility, but it’s not at all a certainty that he’ll appear in the film. The main relationship is between Pamela and Jason.”
It appears you can’t keep a bad mommy’s boy down.
“Yes, Pamela and Jason are together in this film, but this is the same Jason we all know and love,” Fuller promised. “He’s Jason; he kills – he kills teenagers. We went down the origin route with the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, and I think when you go to deep into a character’s origin, the character stops being scary at some point. I’m not worried about demystifying Jason by revealing parts of his back story, which most of the fans are familiar with.”
“I’m sure they will announce a release date soon – whether it’s the next Friday the Thirteenth date in October 2017, or another date altogether. Things are moving very fast, and we all know that these films can be filmed and then released very quickly. We’re now looking for a director and hope to start filming soon.”
Friday the 13th Reboot Release Date
There is no word on when Friday the 13th will hit theaters.