In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller spoke about the company’s upcoming second attempt at a reboot of the “Friday the 13th” franchise. Though the script is still being worked on, the most interesting quote revolved around the next film dealing with the continuity of the series.
Specifically it seems the film may deal with how iconic killer Jason Voorhes is seemingly killed at the end of every movie before coming back to life:
“There’s always been this supernatural aspect to these movies. It defies logic that, you see Jason get killed in every movie, including ours, the 2009 one. And then he comes back and no one’s ever really investigated what that is. So that’s something that I think about a little bit. Like it is supernatural, but what is he? Those are the things that we’re toying with. Nothing has been decided. But those type of things: How does he always come back?”
Fuller says the new film’s director David Bruckner brought up the idea, and as a result the franchise may score a recurring character along the lines of Donald Pleasance’s Dr. Loomis in the “Halloween” franchise to explore the psychology of the character:
“People traditionally want to understand exactly how and why things happen, and yet something so odd happens at the end of these movies and no one seems to question it. So people come to the movie with the expectation that the real villain will be killed and come back. And yet we never toyed with that notion. Those are the things that we’re asking ourselves. And we’ll see what comes of it.”
The project has gone through several delays, but right now the company is planning to begin filming by the end of this year. Fuller says this will NOT be a found footage thriller, but it is expected to be made for less than the $20 million spent on 2009’s reboot. The film is currently targeting a May 13th 2016 release.