Like everybody else, I was amazed to see Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th remake hack its way to a $40 million opening weekend earlier this year. Audiences were ready for the triumphant return of Jason Voorhees, and box office receipts proved as much. With the Blu-ray and DVD ready to bow tomorrow, Dunes producer Brad Fuller opened up on what we might see during our next outing at Camp Crystal Lake.
Fuller told HitFix that the oft-touted premise of Jason in the snow is a distinct possibility although not for the duration of the film. He also dismisses the possibility of another three-dimensional killing spree: ”I suspect it will not be in 3-D, although we’d love to make a 3-D horror movie. We’d love to do it; they just don’t throw that money our way.”
One of the most common criticisms of the latest Friday the 13th (review here) is that the killings lack any real innovation. On this, Fuller says that he’s heard the fans loud and clear: ”You can read the comments and see where the truth is, and you can see as a producer where maybe that kill could’ve been better or we could’ve done something more clever here. However we can bring more clever kills to the second one, that’s what we’re going to do.”
I personally felt that Platinum Dunes dropped the ball big time with their remake. Not only were the kills boring, but the characters were crafted in such a detestable way that you ended up rooting for the man behind the mask. The creative deaths are always fun to watch, but there’s more tension and menace when your machete fodder isn’t the scum of the earth. I’d love to see Fuller and Co. take a second crack at Friday the 13th, but they’ve got to take a long and hard look at the formula and truly understand what didn’t work last time around if they want to avoid another 80% drop in the second week of release.
“We don’t have a script, it’s not green-lit, and we have no idea what’s going to happen,” says Fuller. “If it gets green-lit and we’re able to mount it in a reasonable amount of time, we would hope the movie would open on August 13, 2010.”
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