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The next Friday the 13th will contain an updated origin story

05.31.2016by: Brennan Klein

Platinum Dunes' upcoming FRIDAY THE 13TH remake(?) Sequel? Whatever. The next entry in the FRIDAY THE 13TH saga is being written by PRISONERS scribe Aaron Guzikowski, and The Reel Word had an opportunity to check up with producer Brad Fuller on the status of that screenplay, which is among the most-delayed in the horror world right now.

Says Fuller:

Aaron’s story has great characters…You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward. [It'll be] origin-ish, but it’s an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s there, but it’s a little bit different from what you’ve seen before.

This would seem to indicate that the film is closer to a remake than it is a sequel, but hopefully it won't dwell too much on Jason's backstory and inner workings. We got enough of that last time, and really what's so difficult about the character? He loved his mom, she died, he's crazy. Cut and dry. Let's get to the hacking and slashing. I'm willing to concede that Guzikowski could go somewhere really intense with the character, but here's hoping that it doesn't take the whole movie to get there.

And just to really pound in this detail for good measure, FRIDAY THE 13TH will not be found footage, thank goodness: “There was a lot of found-footage scripts that they wanted us to make and I was not going to do that because I don’t think that can exist in Jason Voorhees’ world."

The film is still set for a January 13, 2017 release, but I wouldn't hold my breath on that one. Check out the interview below!

Extra Tidbit: What do you think Jason's new origin should be?
Source: The Reel Word

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