Can you imagine Psycho without Norman Bates? Or A Nightmare on Elm Street without Freddy Krueger? Or Jaws without the shark? It's unimaginable! Yet it's possible that the new, rebooted Friday the 13th, due on March 13, 2015, will not feature the indomitable serial killer Jason Voorhees -- at least, not in the form that we've known him.
Producer Brad Fuller, speaking with Crave Online, says that they are still in the process of "getting a script that we all love, that we feel like we can execute in a great way." As part of that process, a found-foootage angle is "something that we’re looking at, yeah. I never know because it depends on the story and what the story is. It’s been reported, that’s something that we’re looking into but I can’t tell you definitively that that’s what the movie is."
So far, so good. We certainly can't blame the producers for wanting to get a good script, and for wanting to let the story itself dictate how it will be shot, whether that's found-footage style or not. Now here is, for us, the more surprising news: Jason may not return. When asked if Derek Mears, who played the character in 2009's reboot, Friday the 13th, would be returning, Fuller stated: "I don’t know because I don’t know if we’re going to have Jason, I don’t know which Jason we’re going to have. … I think if we’re going to go for a Jason Voorhees we would go with Derek. He’s our guy."
As devoted fans of the franchise know, Jason Voorhees began with a bit part in the first film, way back in 1980, and over the years developed his own mythology. But the basic motivation is the same: kill teenagers, especially those who are having sex. To change that up, or to change the character's name and/or give him a different backstory, would certainly be a daring move on the part of Fuller's production company, Platinum Dunes, and distributor Paramount Pictures. In any event, we should be finding out in about 14 months.