The 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th never got the credit it deserved. It was a slick, sexy updating of the classic slasher. It's fun, it's faithful to the original, and it's actually one of the best Friday the 13th films the franchise has ever had. But apparently $65 million at the box office ($91 million global) is not enough money, and so now the producers of that movie are pretending it never existed and doing yet another reboot.
The Wrap is now reporting that producers Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have decided on director David Bruckner for the new version, and as much as I'd have rather seen Marcus Nispel's 2009 version get a sequel, he is an encouraging choice. Bruckner was one of the cowriter/directors on the sci-fi film The Signal, and he directed the "Amateur Night" segment of V/H/S (that's the one with the frat boys who get a surprise when they take a girl back to their motel room). He doesn't have a ton of features under his belt, but he's a creative guy with a penchant for delivering the unexpected, and if you're going to reboot Jason Voorhees a second time, you might as well do something unexpected.
There had been rumors that the next Friday the 13th movie would be going found footage, but so far there's no confirmation one way or another what style the movie will adopt. However, it's worth pointing out that the last time Platinum Dunes produced a found-footage movie (Project Almanac, aka Welcome to Yesterday), its release kept hitting delay after delay, so it may not be too eager to go that route again.
I'm wondering if kids today can even relate to a summer-camp slasher because, well, are summer camps anywhere near as popular as they were when the first film came out in 1980? It certainly doesn't seem that way, so I'm really hoping they don't abandon the setting in favor of something more modern and hip. The 2009 film escaped the summer-camp origin by introducing all of that in a very smart flashback, but we have to imagine that if they're rebooting Jason all over, they're going to have to do an origin story all over again, and that's not necessarily something we're eager to see.
But, what say you? Are you excited for yet another reboot of Friday the 13th? And if so, what would you like to see them do differently this time around?
The new, new Friday the 13th hits theaters on March 13, 2015.
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