During the 2000s, found footage films became all the rage, particularly in the horror and thriller genres where the technique allowed for an extra layer of “reality” to films. Characterized by shaky camera work and more natural acting, popular found footage films like The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield left viewers feeling like the events they watched onscreen actually happened.
A year ago, it was rumored that the next Friday the 13th could end up being a found footage film, but a delay in production pushed back the movie entirely and scrapped any plans the producers may have started. The worry then became whether there would in fact be a 13th installment of the franchise at all, since Paramount’s rights are reportedly due to expire within the next few years.
Sadly, there hasn’t been a Friday the 13th movie since 2009, when the last new entry in the franchise broke two box office records – the highest opening day for the series and the highest opening weekend for any horror film. With numbers like those, you’d think it wouldn’t take so long to make another film.
Well, it seems the wait is finally coming to an end as producer Brad Fuller recently sat down with Esquire to reveal that there’s a plan in place for filming to begin later this year. The project is currently slated to release in theaters on May 13th, 2016, and Fuller says he wants to begin filming this summer. According to Fuller, the idea is to have cameras rolling while “the weather is still nice and it’s easy to take over a camp for cinematic slaughtering purposes.”
Fuller also confirmed to Esquire that the next Friday the 13th won’t be a found footage film. He says that while it’s still uncertain whether the next installment will tie in with his 2009 film, since they’re currently finalizing a direction to go with the story and hiring “two or three different” writers within the next two weeks, it will definitely not follow the found footage trend.
And in news that’ll make Jason fans happy, Fuller also insists the Friday the 13th reboot won’t be a low-budget flick like other recent Platinum Dunes’ films. He maintains that getting a horror movie right when it comes to blood and gore takes time and money:
“You can’t do a great kill quickly. It takes time and the blood levels. You know, every time there’s a drop of blood you have to change their wardrobe and shower people off. You can’t rush that to get it right.”
So it sounds like Fuller knows exactly what he wants when it comes to nailing the story and budget for the next movie. And the reason for the wait between films is not as a result of any particular problems, but because he’s taking his time to make sure everything is right for fans of the series.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you excited for the next Friday the 13th film? Are you happy it won’t be a found footage film? Let us know in the comments.
The next Friday the 13th is expected to release in theaters on May 13th, 2016.