Jason Voorhees in the Snow in the Friday the 13th Sequel?
by Alex Billington
June 15, 2009
You read that right - in the snow! Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller talked with a handful of press last week when they were up in Chicago visiting the set of the new A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. While they talked a lot about other upcoming movies and franchises and everything else, the most interesting story relates to where they might be taking Jason in the next Friday the 13th sequel. In short, they want to do the next one in a winter setting, with snow and snowball fights and all. Well, maybe not snowball fights, but they want to do something we haven't ever seen before and thought about snow.
From Collider: "Listen, I think that for that movie we want to have a fun movie. If we're going to do another Friday the 13th, you know we were having a blast on the set; we want to have fun. We also want to bring things they haven't seen before and one of the things that they haven't seen before is Jason in the snow. They haven't seen that before."
Fuller also talks about shooting in 3D, which is becoming a popular trend for horror movies. "It's certainly been talked about," he says, but goes on to say that getting the extra budget to shoot in 3D is the issue. I would argue that not only was the new Friday the 13th very successful financially (it made $65 million in the US), but it was also a success with audiences, as I think most people embraced it and had a good time watching it (which was what they set out to do). But as always, they were criticized, and Fuller addresses some of the criticisms, saying that they're going to improve the weaker aspects in a sequel as best they can.
From STYD: "If we were vulnerable in Friday the 13th, I think our vulnerability is people think our kills were not clever enough," he said. "So whatever we need to do to make our kills feel clever in our second film is what we're going to do. [But] I don't think that turning him into a space-going astronaut would be the direction that we're going to go in… That's a criticism that really goes to my heart, that I feel like I've failed the fans if those kills aren't original or that they're not unique or grisly."
What I really love about these two producers is that they really know what they're doing and they love doing it. They do read all of the criticism that's out there and satisfying the fans is always their top priority. But even with all that, Fuller reminds us that for the next Friday the 13th sequel, "we don't have a script, it's not greenlit, and we have no idea what's going to happen." So even though he's talking about snow and 3D and more kills now, who knows if we'll actually see any of that. I, for one, will say that I can't wait to see a sequel and if there's snow involved in any of it, that'll bring one hell of a big smile to my face. Sound like fun?