Fans have been patiently waiting for a new Friday the 13th ever since its polarizing reboot/remake came out in 2009. Loved by some, hated by many, the film was supposed to set off a string of new F13 films. And then…it didn’t. With multiple rumours floating about and not much truth to be known about the film, fans are getting restless. Between this and the new Halloween debacle, it may seem like neither of these movies are ever going to come out. Regardless, here’s what David Bruckner has to say about the new slasher film, which he is no longer a part of.
When I came on board that project…Paramount was exploring whether or not they could do a found-footage FRIDAY, and they brought me in to crack it. I had some very specific ideas; if we were going to do that, I felt it needed to be single-camera. I didn’t think you could bring a whole bunch of media into the room, and that we had to do a kind of classic found-footage movie.
So writers Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg [who scripted Andre Øvredal’s upcoming THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and are working on CROPSEY with James Wan producing] and I set out in earnest to see if there was a movie there,” Bruckner continues. “There are certain restrictions to found footage; just the fact that you’re locked into a single perspective almost makes the slasher formula impossible, because characters tend to wander off on their own all the time and get knocked off. Also, part of what defines some of the greatest slashers is the additional perspective. That was a really fun obstacle to tackle, and we ended up structuring it a little bit more like a monster movie. All the mythos surrounding Jason Voorhees opened up a lot of possibilities, and for a moment in time, we had a story that took place in the ’80s, which worked with the found-footage conceit. It was a return to form in a lot of ways, and we really focused on the characters.”
Ultimately, the studio point of view toward the handheld approach changed, and HANNIBAL’s Nick Antosca was brought in as scripter. “We were set free from that mandate,” Bruckner recalls, “and did a draft that was not found-footage. We were allowed to truly explore what the film could be as a proper ’80s reboot—what that would look like. My take on it was that I wanted to do DAZED AND CONFUSED meets Jason Voorhees [laughs], a genuine last-day-of-school coming-of-age story. Nick wrote a great draft, and we really wanted to see that movie come to life. It was a very exciting process for me.
Okay, so, what have we learned here? One, we can finally put the found-footage theory to rest. It WAS goingto happen, but it is NOT going to happen anymore. That is big and great news. Two, it must have slipped right by me, but…James Wan is working on a new Cropsey movie!? Hell yeah! Sign me up! And three, Dazed and Confused meets Friday the 13th? That’s certainly an idea I wish we’d be able to see. Unfortunately, it will never be so.
The film has been pushed back to January 13, 2017, with Aaron Guzikiowski writing the new script. He hasn’t done many horror movies, so this will certainly be interesting. Television channel The CW is also working on a Friday the 13th series, with original mastermind Sean S. Cunningham on board as the producer. Later this year, we’ll also be getting a video game featuring motion-captures of Kane Hodder, with involvement from Tom Savini and Cunningham once again.
Thanks to FANGORIA for the interview with Bruckner.