Way back in /friday-the-13th-reboot-may-ditch-jason-voorhees-for-an-all-new-slasher/January, Platinum Dunes producer Bradley Fuller made the startling announcement that iconic slasher Jason Voorhees might not be showing up for his own movie. The upcoming Friday the 13th reboot was considering a change of pace by replacing the backwoods murderer with a new bad guy, which didn't go over well with longtime fans. Well, we just got off the phone with Brad in support of his upcoming reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and he confirmed for us that Jason will DEFINITELY be returning to the big screen in the next iteration of this long-standing horror franchise.
Bradley Fuller states, for the record, that he was misquoted during the Television Critics Association, where he showed up to promote his Starz pirate drama Black Sails and the TNT naval drama The Last Ship.
Speaking with him this afternoon, he clarified:
"I didn't know he wasn't in there. I don't know how that could happen, that we would do a Friday the 13th movie without Jason Voorhees. That would be impossible. If we do a Friday the 13th movie, Jason will definitely be in the movie. Or we're not doing the movie!"
"Is it true the next Friday the 13th takes place on a Wednesday?"
About the original quote that Bradley Fuller delivered, the producer clarifies:
"It was a misquote. I had just said 'I don't know who would play Jason Voorhees. Because I don't know what age he would be, or how we would use him. Are we clear about that? That was the original context of the question. 'Is Derek Mears going to be playing Jason?' I said , 'I don't know who the character is going to be, or at what point in his life we are going to be engaging in him with.' Somehow that became, 'He's not going to be in the movie.' But of course he's going to be in the movie!"
The original quote that was presented in the press was stated as such:
"I don't know, because I don't know if we're going to have Jason. I don't know which Jason we're going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he's a dream so we'd be lucky to have him."
At the time, Bradley Fuller also had this to say about the movie being Found Footage:
"It's something that we're looking at, yeah. I never know because it depends on the story and what the story is. It's been reported, that's something that we're looking into, but I can't tell you definitively that that's what the movie is.
It's a matter of getting a script that we all love, that we feel like we can execute in a great way. That's always the battle, isn't it?
[It's] a very daunting task."
Earlier this July while speaking with the press, he hadn't quite come to a decision about what the movie is going to be:
"I can't make any determination about found footage or 3D until we have a story that we all agree on and that we all like. The story is the most important thing and the way you tell the story, to me, is secondary. We have some writers writing but, because we don't have a script that everyone has signed off on, I can't speak to how the story is meant to be told. All of those things have been considered. But no decisions have been made. We don't know what story is being told."
What do you think? Glad Jason Voorhees is returning to the big screen? Or did you actually want to see some kind of new mythology set up, as it was in the Friday the 13th TV series, which also didn't include Jason.