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Recent Friday the 13th scribe talks capturing the spirit of the 80s

01.27.2016by: Eric Walkuski

Last week, we read some melancholy words from David Bruckner, who was at one point set to helm Paramount's FRIDAY THE 13th reboot. The director spoke a good game, talking up the film's DAZED AND CONFUSED-esque elements and nostalgic vibe, and while that's rather interesting it seems to be a little too late to go on wondering what might have been...

Oh, but it's too tempting to let go of. Bruckner's partner in crime on F13 was Nick Antosca, writer of several Hannibal episodes (he also co-wrote the woeful THE FOREST), and Antosca was also recently in the mood to reminisce about their dead and buried version. Antosca appeared on the Necronomicast (via Bloody Disgusting) and spoke a little about what he and Bruckner had in mind.

[Paramount and Platinum Dunes] had a found-footage draft, and then I came in and did a page one rewrite [to] rethink, to some degree, making it not found-footage... I worked really closely with [Bruckner]. His idea from the first meeting was he wanted [Friday the 13th] to really have likable, real characters, and to be set in the 80’s.”

And that’s what we did. That was the plan and we had a great time. [It was] an incredibly fun and rewarding creative experience,” he continued. “Awhile later I heard they decided not to do it in the 80’s. I’m bummed they didn’t do the draft [but] I’m more bummed that David is not on the project [anymore].”

Antosca added that the spirit of the original FRIDAY THE 13th films was very much alive when he sat down to work on the new chapter.

When I was working on Friday, I went back and watched the Paramount ones, multiple times, because that was the spirit we wanted – starting with the 80’s Paramount logo and all that.”

Goddamn. Well, sadly, that's all behind us now. Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS) is currently writing FRIDAY THE 13th, so let's see how long it is before he's reminiscing about what his version would have looked like.

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11:32AM on 01/28/2016
Maybe set the movie in the 80s or early 90s but not the present day with modern smartphones or any way to get a found footage angle.
Maybe set the movie in the 80s or early 90s but not the present day with modern smartphones or any way to get a found footage angle.
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3:17PM on 01/27/2016
Please make this! If you're going to make another generic, modern piece of shit don't bother.
Please make this! If you're going to make another generic, modern piece of shit don't bother.
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2:27PM on 01/27/2016

Slasher movies need to be set in the past to succeed.

There is too much technology that just RUINS horror movies these days. Stupid reasons why cell phones don't work, wifi is unavailable and skype is down. Horror movies need to be set in the 80s or earlier to really be successful. If they made a new F13th movie set in 1988, filmed it with 35mm film classic style. Give it that look and feel of a horror movie. No more digital shit, it ruins the experience.
There is too much technology that just RUINS horror movies these days. Stupid reasons why cell phones don't work, wifi is unavailable and skype is down. Horror movies need to be set in the 80s or earlier to really be successful. If they made a new F13th movie set in 1988, filmed it with 35mm film classic style. Give it that look and feel of a horror movie. No more digital shit, it ruins the experience.
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3:48PM on 01/27/2016
I agree. '90s at the latest.
I agree. '90s at the latest.
5:17PM on 01/27/2016
I agree that digital shit ruins the experience.... but why cant they make a movie without mentioning cellphones or twitter or Skype... just leave them all out...make the era ambiguous and dont mention what year it takes place in.
I agree that digital shit ruins the experience.... but why cant they make a movie without mentioning cellphones or twitter or Skype... just leave them all out...make the era ambiguous and dont mention what year it takes place in.
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