It’s the spookiest month of the year, thus a perfect time to ponder the details of the 13th entry in one of the most venerable slasher franchises: “Friday the 13th.” It’s been eight years since the Jared Padaleck-led reboot, which is a long time for a sequel-happy genre.
After 12 movies, the studio aims to try something fresh. Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (of the recently released “Ouija: Origin of Evil”) spoke to Collider about the difficulty they had in getting Jason Voorhees’ next murderfest off the ground. “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,” Fuller said.
Thankfully, the thirteenth “13th” movie, won’t be a found-footage movie, but it does seem to be moving forward. With a script by Aaron Guzikowski, and Breck Eisner in the director’s chair, filming is set to begin next spring in Georgia. Eisner was the director behind the very scary 2010 remake of George Romero’s lesser-known horror classic “The Crazies” and the very Vin Diesel “The Last Witch Hunter.” More recently he will be directing the first few episodes of the new season of SyFy’s series “The Expanse.”
Casting for the new film will start in December, and the producers confirmed the still-untitled movie will be a period piece.
“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,” Fuller told Collider. “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 of those mandates.”
Although he’s not been seen on the big screen in nearly a decade, Jason remains culturally ubiquitous. There’s the upcoming Kickstarted “Friday the 13th” video game, and Jason even starred as a fighter in a recent installment of the “Mortal Kombat” series of fighting games.
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