What The Scrapped “Friday the 13th” Was About

Despite a 2009 reboot that seemed to do well enough with critics and audiences, attempts at another “Friday the 13th” film have approached the project from the starting point of it being a second reboot.

In recent years, “Hannibal” writer and producer Nick Antosca was working on a version of the script that came very close to production before eventually getting scrapped.

While speaking to Bloody Disgusting this week, Antosca detailed what his Friday the 13th movie would have been about. He confirms his work was still only a first draft, and he discussed what projects influenced his approach:

“The Paramount Friday the 13th movies. Plus Jaws, a little bit. We just wanted to make a classic Jason movie, with kids at camp who get slaughtered, and great kills and some characters you actually enjoy hanging out with til they die.

David Bruckner and I talked about how to make a consistent Jason throughout our movie, but nod to the different Jasons. I prefer supernatural Jason, personally. And I loved the imagery of him under the water.

We just accepted from the beginning that we would have to pick and choose elements of the mythology to make a coherent one within one movie. It’s obviously not consistent over the course of the franchise, but you have a lot to work with. We adjusted the timeline a bit to make sense.”

Antosca also confirmed that the plan was to have the reboot take place in the 1980s. However Paramount underwent a regime change and Antosca left the project which was finally yanked altogether from the schedule earlier this year after the dismal failure of “Rings”. Antosca explains why his take didn’t make any progress:

“I know Platinum Dunes was ready to go, they were enthusiastic. I heard various things, Paramount changed their mind about the 80’s setting, they wanted more mythology. Also, there was some corporate changeover in the ranks there, and the people who were in charge when I was hired were no longer there. The new folks may have wanted to put their own stamp on it. It happens. I was curious to see the version they did make, and I was disappointed when that fell apart too. It shouldn’t be that hard to make a Friday the 13th movie.”

Don’t expect much movement in the near future either as the rights to the franchise reportedly lapse in January, so Paramount and Platinum Dunes have effectively lost their window of opportunity to make it work.