For one hot moment we all feared that Platinum Dunes' follow-up to their wildly underrated Friday the 13th reboot was going to be found footage. Which is a fucking nightmare concept - who wants to watch a go-pro strapped to Jason's head? Who wants to watch more found footage in general?
Well, it turns out the next film, due next year, will not be found footage, and you can thank your fellow complaining fans for that. Speaking to Shock Til You Drop, producer Brad Fuller said:
“Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movie’s been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movie’s not going to be found footage.”
I like that Fuller is, and always has been, a straight shooter.
Meanwhile the screenwriter of the next instalment, said this about the movie he's writing for director David Bruckner:
“it’s not a sequel to the 2009 version. Different characters, time period, style.”
Different characters? Well, sure, most of them were killed in the last one, and continuity of characters, while occasionally part of the franchise, was rarely the driving factor. Different time period? I'm curious what that means - is this going to be a period piece, attempting to get around modern technology issues by setting the film in the 80s? That's what Bloody Disgusting thinks; I'm not sure how I feel about that. Enshrining the series in the amber of nostalgia isn't a great idea. Although it would be super weird if the new film ended up being a sequel to one of the older films; Jason X attributes to Jason a body count that far exceeds what we saw him accomplish onscreen, which means it's possible to go back and find some canonical victims for him to stalk and slash.
I really liked the Friday the 13th reboot - it felt like a Friday the 13th movie, which I guess is not what people actually want out of their Friday the 13th movies anymore. And I thought Derek Mears was one of the top Jasons ever - even if the new movie isn't a sequel to that, I hope they bring Mears back behind the mask.