We were recently on the Chicago set of Platinum Dunes' upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, and we got a chance to talk with producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form about their entire slate of upcoming projects. While we can't talk about Freddy Krueger, his new look, his make-up, or the rebooted plot at all, we can let you in on a few tidbits the duo were willing to share with us about their other films. The biggest news to come out of the chat session was the fact that Friday the 13th II will take place in the snow. Here is what they had to say:
Jason is going to have a snowball fight. Look, for Friday the 13th II, which is a totally different film than A Nightmare on Elm Street, it needs to look different. It has a totally different feeling. We want to have fun. We want to present something that audiences haven't seen before. One of the things they haven't seen before is Jason in the snow. They haven't seen that before. Our goal is to bring them things they haven't seen.
Will Friday the 13th II be in 3D?
It certainly has been talked about. The financial ramifications of doing a film of that budget in 3D are huge. Its not like they are going to say, "We want you to make a sequel. Here is twice as much money." It doesn't go that way. All of our movies are about the exact same budget. I guarantee if we make that movie, it will be the same budget as the original. They may ask, "Do you want to do it in 3D?" And we will talk about it. If its six or seven million dollars more, they will probably opt out. Unless something unexpected happens, it will not be in 3D. Though we would love to make a 3D horror movie. We would love to do it. I just don't think they will throw the money our way. And I don't think we have the time to be ready for it.
What about a release date?
Here is the other problem. We don't have a release date. We don't have a greenlit movie. I want to be very clear on that. We don't have a script for Friday the 13th II, it is not greenlit. If it does get greenlit, and we are able to mount it in a reasonable amount of time, we will have the film opening on August 13th of 2010. I can tell you this. The movie will not entirely take place in the snow. I don't want to go to Winnipeg and shoot this whole movie in the snow. We did that once, and we are never going to do it again. If we make this movie, we need to do it quickly. We need to shoot it before the winter does come. The date is going to be summer. So we'd have to figure out how much time we need for the 3D. How much post time we would need. It is a lot longer than a non-3D movie to get it into theaters. From day one, when we started talking about the movie, we always envisioned it in 3D.
Is the cast returning?
We talk to our cast all the time. They are great friends of ours. And we talk to Derek Mears.
Is The Birds remake still happening?
We keep trying. I don't know. That is so hard to get the script right. We struggle with it. I won't have anything to say until the script is finished. We have already said enough. There are limitations with the birds. They peck. And poop. There is not a lot of variety. We start with the shitting and go from there. It is a much harder movie to do. As you guys know, we lay ourselves out there to get annihilated online every single day. And that movie opens us up to complete annihilation. Why pursue it? Because as a producer, you pursue a bunch of different things. The ones that come to fruition, you make. The other ones are just a good effort. It comes to a point where we decide what we are going to make. We are going to do this (A Nightmare on Elm Street), and then we will follow it up with Friday the 13th II. It doesn't feel like The Birds is next up after that. The Butcherhouse is a really good script. We are really close on that one. And it is an original script. It was a play, but it is original. That is in the same wheelhouse as Friday the 13th. It is fun horror, it has kids running around, there's not too much torture. We aren't pulling people's teeth and nails out. There is a great villian. That one feels pretty good. We don't come up with these movies and then send people to the set to make them for us. We need to figure out how much time we can spend on a set, and this year, we are spoken for. Fortunately. Hopefully The Butcherhouse will be made next year.
A Nightmare on Elm Street opens April 16th, 2010.