Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes’ next film in the Friday the 13th franchise is moving forward towards its 2017 release. Aaron Guzikowski turned in the script for the film last month, according to Bloody Disgusting.
The film has a new director, Breck Eisner, who is replacing David Bruckner. Eisner was the director behind The Crazies,and The Last Witch Hunter. He will also be directing Universal’s upcoming remake of The Creature From the Black Lagoon and New Line’s Escape From New York.
Back in June producer Brad Fuller, stated that the film is an “origin-ish” story that delves into Jason’s backstory and is a film we haven’t seen before.
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,” Fuller told The Reel World. “[It’s] 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.” He continued. “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.
Fuller has also stated that not only will Pamela Voorhees be making an appearance. We will also be meeting Jason’s father, Elias, for the first time on film. Elias has never before been seen in any of the franchise films, though he did make a cameo in the graphic novels. We’ve all thought about Jason’s missing dad. You can’t help but wonder about Elias. But now, it seems we will soon meet him. Several years ago Fuller played a prank on horror fans, saying that a never-before-seen story had been found that included Elias. Now, it seems the idea is actually coming to life.
Fuller has also said that he is not a fan of found-footage, so it is unlikely that the new Friday the 13th film will feature shaky camera shots of Jason chasing people through the woods, thankfully. We will update you when we know more.