Back in February, producer Bradley Fuller confirmed that their new Friday the 13th remake won't be a found footage movie, after rumors were swirling for months that the new Jason Voorhees movie would employ the found footage format. Today, the producer reveals in a new interview that they had actually considered using a found footage technique, but the producer and his Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay and Andrew Form ultimately couldn't figure out the story. Here's what Bradley Fuller had to say below.
"I could just say that for a long time we were stalled. I think you guys 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. 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."
We reported back in March that Hannibal writer Nick Antosca signed on to write the new screenplay, with David Bruckner (The Signal) still attached to direct. While he wouldn't offer any specific details about the story, Bradley Fuller added that he hopes to put Jason Voorhees in a situation that the fans can enjoy.
"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."
When it was first announced that the new Friday the 13th movie would be found footage, it wasn't received too well by the fans. Bradley Fuller revealed that the fan expectations for a project like this do weigh on him, and their negative reactions were one of the reasons that the found footage aspect was scrapped.
"It absolutely weighs on me, and there have been many times when the fans have affected surely the way we think about, and in some cases the way we shot, some of the stories. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of bullshit in what they're saying, but very often you'll get a fan with such a great idea, or a great notion, and it's meaningful to us. Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. 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."
It isn't known if Derek Mears, who played the iconic Jason Voorhees in Platinum Dunes' 2009 Friday the 13th remake, will be back to reprise his role in this new version, but with the script coming in within the next few months, the project could start to come together quickly. Are you glad this new Friday the 13th won't be in found footage? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more updates on Friday the 13th.