Exclusive: Jason's dad Elias is "on the table" for next Friday The 13th film
Rumors are quickly starting to swirl about what Platinum Dunes' plans are for the next FRIDAY THE 13TH movie. With producer Brad Fuller making the press rounds the past couple of weeks and a few tidbits of information regarding a Jason Voorhees sequel on the horizon being dropped here and there, fans have been fiending to know exactly what is in the mix for when we see the masked slasher again.
Rumblings have mostly come from Fuller's comments to The Reel Word on the next flick dealing with Jason's origin story in some capacity. "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.”
Stacked on top of that comes word from Birth.Movies.Death's Devin Faraci that "Aaron Guzikowski's script for the reboot includes Jason's dad, Elias"... that is, according to his sources close to the production.
Now, not too long ago, I had a chance to sit down with Brad Fuller myself for my other project This Is Infamous and FRIDAY THE 13TH certainly came up, and what I was told by him directly was that they had received the script from Aaron Guzikowski a few weeks ago. Both Platinum Dunes and Paramount sent back their notes to him, and they were still waiting for the next draft.
With the rumor mill beginning to churn, I went right back to the source today to get clarification and/or confirmation on what might be happening with Jason's dad and the current draft of the script. I just got off the phone with Brad Fuller and was told specifically that Elias "is something that has been on the table" but is far from a certainty at this point. He is a character they have discussed incorporating into the next film, but given that they are still waiting for that next draft to come back, they are "still very far away from making any definite decisions."
Elias is a character we have never seen in a FRIDAY THE 13TH film before (although he has been referenced in the past). He would certainly fit into this exploration of Jason's origin "with a twist." However, there are still a number of options being considered as to what direction this next film even takes, in trying to craft a FRIDAY THE 13TH flick that will please its fans. Does that mean going back to Jason's beginnings? Does that mean heading back to Camp Crystal Lake and brutalizing a new batch of teenagers?
Elias Voorhees is one such element... But he's not the only one.