Over the past few months, a number of rumors have circulated about Paramount's gestating Friday the 13th reboot, which at one point was supposed to come out in 2015. Last year, the project lost director David Bruckner, who had been attached for quite some time, while gaining writer Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners). One of the many rumors that have spread recently revealed that Jason Voorhees' entire family will be featured in the movie, although it was never confirmed. Producer Brad Fuller recently shed some new light on the reboot, teasing that the iconic Jason Voorhees will be together with his mother, Pamela.
There have previously been reports that this new Friday the 13th will give Jason Voorhees a brand new origin story. During an interview with iHorror, Brad Fuller explained that it isn't exactly an origin story, but rather an alternate reality. Here's what the producer had to say about this reboot, confirming that Jason and Pamela Voorhees will be together.
"Origin isn't really the right word for this movie. 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. Yes, Pamela and Jason are together in this film, but this is the same Jason we all know and love. 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."
There have also been reports that Jason's father, Elias Voorhees, would also be featured, but it seems that may not be set in stone yet. Brad Fuller teases that it still may be possible that Elias will be part of the story, but that decision hasn't been finalized yet. Here's what he had to say.
"No, we haven't decided whether or not Elias will appear in the film. 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."
The producer also confirmed that the story would be set "in the late 1970s and early 1980s" confirming comments made by his producing partner Andrew Form a few months ago. He added that Aaron Guzikowski's script marked a "breakthrough" in the development process, confirming that this story will be set at a summer camp with camp counselors. Although this project is currently the only thing they're focusing on, the producer admitted that there's no way they'll be able to hit the current January 13, 2017 release date. Here's what he had to say, when asked if there's a chance they could make the date.No, but that decision will be made by Paramount Pictures, and 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."
No cast members have been announced yet, and it isn't clear if the producers plan on bringing back Derek Mears from their 2009 Friday the 13th remake as Jason Voorhees. Regardless, it seems like the project is finally on the right track after years of delays. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates as soon as they become available.