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    Thread: Friday the 13th Reboot Pre-Production Shuts Down

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      Friday the 13th Reboot Pre-Production Shuts Down



      Back in the 1980s, horror fans could almost plan their calendars around the yearly – or at least bi-yearly – entries into their favorite slasher franchises. Arguably the most notorious among such franchises was Friday the 13th, which began as a tale of motherly vengeance, but quickly escalated into a seemingly neverending series of killing sprees perpetrated by that mother’s initially thought dead son: Jason Voorhees. Often armed with a machete, Jason went on to star in seven sequels during the ’80s, one in the ’90s, and two in the 2000s.
      The original Jason continuity – such as it was, these films were never known for tight storytelling – finally came to an end in 2009, with the release of Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th remake. Unlike most horror remakes, F13 ’09 wasn’t a straight re-do of the original film, quickly glossing over the murders of Mama Voorhees in order to get to the more marketable Jason, and quickly outfitting him with the trademark hockey mask he didn’t originally acquire until Friday the 13th Part III. Unfortunately, despite making big bucks at the box office, F13 ’09 has to date marked the end of the franchise. One assumes this could be due to the overall tepid fan response the film received.


      Of course, despite this setback, horror fans knew that Jason would never permanently die, with reports of development on another Friday the 13th reboot swirling around the net for nearly five years now. In 2013, a new Jason entry was officially greenlit by Paramount, but actual production on the film has since been delayed multiple times, rivaling Paramount’s own Rings for most delayed horror follow-up of the decade. The most recent delay bumped the release date all the way back to October 2017. Thankfully, it looks like this date might actually stick, as Paramount is reportedly gearing up to begin filming Jason’s latest adventure in March according to Friday The 13th Franchise.





      Casting and pre-production on the reboot – which producers have said will re-imagine Jason’s origins, and also feature his mother – is said to be currently in progress, with filming set to take place just outside of Atlanta, GA. Production is set to begin in March, and end sometime in May. Interestingly, F13 ’17’s shooting location is quite close to where Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was shot back in 1986, with that sequel often being cited by fans as one of the best entries in the whole series. Hopefully that’s a good omen for this oft-delayed revival.
      Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have repeatedly expressed a desire to learn from their mistakes with Jason’s 2009 film, and craft a new reboot that fans will love. Whether they will succeed in doing so obviously remains to be seen, although prior comments they’ve made about F13 ’17 earning a “hard-R” rating are certainly likely to encourage fans a bit. To be fair though, even F13 ’09’s detractors would probably admit that lack of gore was not that film’s problem. After all, 2009 Jason literally roasted a sleeping bag-bound victim over a campfire, effectively creating a human s’more. It’s unclear whether or not he earned a merit badge.


      Friday the 13th
      slashes back into theaters on October 13, 2017.
      Source: Friday The 13th Franchise (via Dread Central)

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      Friday the 13th Reboot May Feature a Young Jason




      Friday the 13th was last rebooted in 2009 by a team of producers that included Michael Bay, and the movie took in $65 million domestically on a reported budget of $19 million. Given that movie’s performance it seemed likely more Friday the 13th films would be in the offing – nobody appreciates a good sequel as much as Michael Bay – but actually the franchise has been absent from the screen ever since. A TV show was briefly planned but that fell through.
      2017 however will see the return of Friday the 13th in the form of another reboot. Rumors have abounded about how the 13th installment in the franchise will tackle the story, but now it appears certain that the movie will be taking on the origin of the murderous Jason Vorhees.
      Project Casting has all the news on the upcoming reboot entitled Friday the 13th, Part 13 (via Bloody Disgusting). The listing for the horror film includes a call for identical twin actors (often used to accommodate a grueling shoot schedule) to play Young Jason Vorhees. And they have a very specific type in mind:
      Male, Caucasian, 12 years old ONLY SEEKING IDENTICAL TWINS W/ TV AND FILM CREDITS. MUST BE UNDER 5 FOOT. NO EXCEPTIONS. Lengthy and awkward. A dark, ominous child, who has severe psychological issues. Must have a very electric and expressive face (you will be painting the scene with your facial expressions), as this role does not speak. YOUNG JASON will grow into the pyscho-killer JASON. SUPPORTING ROLE. MUST BE ATLANTA BASED.






      The film’s synopsis confirms that this movie will delve into how Jason became Jason:
      The 13th installment in the iconic franchise. Although the specific logline is being kept under wraps, this version is a unique retelling of the origin story.
      The movie is set to go before cameras starting on March 19th, 2017 and a release date of October 13th, 2017 has been put out there. The fact that the casting call lists Young Jason as a “supporting role” indicates that the film will focus on the very young Jason only for a short time and that it will soon move on to grown-up Jason likely in full-on slasher mode.
      The original Friday the 13th told us next-to-nothing about Jason, focusing instead on his murderous mother. Famously, that movie ended with a watery-ghost-monster Jason emerging from the pond where he drowned and pulling the last survivor off her boat into the water. Friday the 13th Part 2 came out a year later and already Jason was a full-grown mask-wearing killer. No elaboration was offered about what happened to Jason between his pond-dwelling incarnation and his adult self.
      It appears the new Friday the 13th means to fill in this giant gap in Jason’s backstory. Their call for a “dark, ominous” child drives home the point that this won’t be a happy story. One could go all sorts of different directions with explanations for Jason’s transformation into a serial killer, from psychological to supernatural, but it looks like this one will be leaning toward the psychological.
      Source: Project Casting (via Bloody Disgusting)

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      Friday the 13th Reboot to Use Hockey Masks Based on Part 3



      One common thread among many memorable horror movie killers is the fact that they tend to wear masks while doing their grisly work, sometimes to hide their identity, and other times simply to cover their own deformed faces. In the former category sit killers like Scream’s Ghostface, My Bloody Valentine’s Harry Warden, or Jigsaw’s various apprentices in the Saw series. In the latter category are villains such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface, and yes, Friday the 13th’s legendary “Crystal Lake killer” Jason Voorhees.
      Even casual horror fans are likely well aware of the fact that Jason actually wasn’t the killer in the original Friday the 13th movie, as it was Jason’s apparent death as a small child that led mom Pamela Voorhees to pick up a machete and start swinging. Jason made his debut in Part 2, complete with full head of long hair and rather odd looking burlap sack covering his face. It wasn’t until 1982’s Friday the 13th Part 3 that Jason finally acquired what would become his signature headgear: a hockey mask, obtained from one of his unfortunate victims.
      While those less versed in Friday the 13th lore might be inclined to think that Jason’s mask has remained unchanged ever since, that’s actually not the case, as each subsequent film has made changes to the mask’s overall look. These changes include battle damage to reflect injuries from prior films, altering of the placement and coloring of the chevron markings, or even almost fusing the thing to Jason’s skin in Jason Goes to Hell. According to a new report, producers of Platinum Dunes’ upcoming Friday the 13th reboot have decided to go back to basics, enlisting an FX company to create a mask for Jason that mirrors the original design from Part 3.





      With so much chatter coming out of the Platinum Dunes camp in recent months about wanting to craft a hard-R Friday the 13th movie that retold Jason’s origins in a way designed to please both old and new fans, this kind of a move makes perfect sense, as the Jason diehards out there are likely to both notice and appreciate such a specific nod toward the character’s history.
      For reference, the images included in this post are taken from Part 3, when Jason was portrayed by now deceased actor Richard Brooker. The glaring continuity gaffe of Jason suddenly going from having long hair to completely bald notwithstanding — Part 3 takes place mere hours after Part 2 — many consider Brooker’s Jason to be one of the better variations on the killer in the entire soon-to-be 13-film franchise. Here’s hoping that some of that old 80s magic returns along with the old mask design. The world is long overdue for another good Jason entry.


      Source: Friday the 13th Franchise (via Dread Central)

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      Friday the 13th Reboot Pre-Production Shuts Down



      While there are plenty of memorable supporting characters that pop up over the course of the 12 movie-strong Friday the 13th horror franchise, perhaps none are more beloved by diehard fans than lovable loon Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney). Ralph appears early on in the original F13 film, taking it upon himself to accost teenage counselors headed up to re-open Camp Crystal Lake, warning them that the place has a “death curse” and that they’re “all doomed.” Unfortunately for Ralph, Jason has no patience for his shenanigans, and silences him for good in Part 2.
      Sadly, it looks like Ralph’s prophetic words might also be applicable to Paramount’s long-gestating reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise, which would be the 13th film in the storied series. Just yesterday, Paramount decided to abruptly remove Jason’s latest adventure from the upcoming release schedule, along with fellow horror sequel World War Z 2. This came after the film had already been delayed multiple times, and more than one director and writer had been attached to the project.
      Seemingly completing the Friday the 13th reboot’s descent back into development hell, THR now reports that Paramount has officially shut down pre-production on the film, effective immediately. This news comes just a few short weeks prior to F13’s previously-announced March production start date, which would have seen Jason return to the area where celebrated sequel Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives was shot back in 1986. Director Breck Eisner (The Crazies) and production company Platinum Dunes were reportedly informed of Paramount’s decision sometime yesterday. A specific reason for the move has yet to be revealed.





      While this certainly doesn’t mean Jason is dead for good – or even that this particular Friday the 13th film won’t restart production at some point in the future – it’ll still likely crush the hopes of hardcore franchise fans who’ve been (im)patiently waiting for another entry for nearly a decade. It still remains a bit of a mystery as to why Paramount is finding it so difficult to get another F13 movie off the ground, as the series isn’t exactly known for requiring Oscar-caliber screenplay work in order to please its steadfast fanbase.
      At this point, the future of Jason Voorhees on the big screen is quite unclear, although it’s hard to imagine that a character of his notoriety will be gone forever. Still, one wonders just how long F13 devotees will be left waiting and hoping for their chance to finally book a return trip to Crystal Lake.


      Source: THR

     

     

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