When rumours started circulating online that the “Friday the 13th” sequel will be using the found footage technique, collective sighs from fans all over the world could be heard.
However, all hope is not lost, as producer Brad Fuller has recently revealed that “fans outrage” helped him make decision to abandon the overly-used found footage approach.
In an interview with Shock Till You Drop, Fuller confirmed:
Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movie’s been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movie’s not going to be found footage.
That was not before he admitted that the producing team, which includes Michael Bay and Andrew Form, did indeed try to incorporate the found footage element into the movie:
I think you guys reported that the movie was going to be a found footage movie and that was a road that we went down and tried to figure out. Ultimately, I think Michael, Drew, and I felt that we couldn’t figure that out, so we kind of jettisoned that whole notion and we had to start over. We’re in the latter phases of that starting over and hopefully we’re getting a script in the next month or 2, and we’ll go back to Crystal Lake.
The producer also credited the main character when he was speaking about the success of the franchise. He said:
At the end of the day, those movies are so fantastic because Jason Voorhees is such a dynamic presence and people love to see him do what he does well. We hope to put Jason in a situation where he’s able to do that again, and it doesn’t feel like you’re seeing the same thing over and over.
The “Friday the 13th” franchise, which started in 1980, was so successful that it spawned 12 slasher films, a television show, novels, comic books, and video games. The 1st movie, released in 1980, focused on Pamela Voorhees, a stalker and murderer who is hellbent on avenging her son who died at Camp Crystal Lake due to negligence of staff. As the series progressed, the focus was moved to Jason Voorhees, the teenager who died in the lake. The younger Voorhees has appeared in all of the movies, or at least appeared as the motivation for the murders.
The “Friday the 13th” sequel is currently untitled, but will reach cinemas on 13th May 2016.