Producer Brad Fuller Updates on Freddy Krueger, Jason and More!
by Ethan Anderton
January 31, 2011
Considering the fact that there are plenty of people who weren't very pleased with horror franchise remakes like last year's A Nightmare on Elm Street, or 2009's Friday the 13th, the lack of any news on the sequels to those reboots may be good news. Well, producer Brad Fuller apparently felt the need to come out of the woodwork with some brief but helpful updates on those potential sequels and the status of some other films like the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and remake of Monster Squad. However, it sounds like we still have plenty of time before any real progress is made on any of these projects, especially the horror sequels. Read on!
As founder of Platinum Dunes, the company behind these various projects, Fuller is exactly the right guy to give accurate updates on these projects and that's exactly what he provided via Twitter. First, let's deal with the horror sequels which don't sound like they're coming soon:
"Lots of rumors out there. I want to set the record straight on Freddy and Jason. First, let’s talk Jason. [Damian Shannon and Mark Swift] wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when [New Line] is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready. As for Freddy, as far as I know, there isn't even talk of writing another script.
Rated R horror movies, right now, don’t seem to generate interest from the studios. Everyday we want to hear from any studio that they want a horror movie, but it hasn’t happened. So right now we are working on a handful of films, including 'TMNT' and 'Ouija.' There is still hope for [rated R] horror, because it is profitable, but there is a larger interest in tentpole film."
Bad news for fans of the remakes, but good news for fans who though the new iterations were garbage. As for Monster Squad, Fuller said he's expecting a script in the next few weeks. Last we heard was Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) was going to direct, but we're not sure if that's still happening.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles doesn't seem to be much further along as Fuller says they're working on the script now and hopes to "have many more details for you in 4 to 6 weeks." On that front, Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway were the last writers attached to the project. I'm ready for the new TMNT, but the others don't really matter all that much to me. How about you?
Reader Feedback - 5 Comments
"Rated R horror movies, right now, don’t seem to generate interest from the studios" And this is why the studios are failing. Clearly they do not know their audiences or their products as well as they think. The PG-13 horror film is the equivalent to a sports car with a baby seat--inappropriate and takes the thrill out of it. Not saying they all have to be blood and boobs, but a horror film needs to be scary and dangerous, unsettling. With todays MPAA that is going to be R-rated.
Goudos on Jan 31, 2011
Yes, I bet the script for the new Jason film is excellent ... the series as a whole featured some of the best, most memorable dialogue not just in the horror genre but in films in toto.
Christian Toto on Jan 31, 2011
Friday the 13th was ok, but man the remake of Nightmare on Elm street was shit! Jackie Earle Haley was awful as freddy.
Lagoya on Jan 31, 2011
Fuller is a textbook anti-cinema producer - money > art, commerciality > integrity, homogeneity > originality. he is successful at what he does and his films have made money, and good luck to him for that, but he and Platinum Dunes are as short term, pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap as they come. in short, this is good news.
lumière on Feb 1, 2011
As if a music video showcasing the pro wrestling career of a guy who wrestled back in the early Nineties dressed like Freddy Krueger wasn't .
Freddy Krueger Shoes on Feb 11, 2011
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