Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller Talks Friday the 13th and Elm Street Future; No Jason in F13?

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Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller Talks Friday the 13th and Elm Street Future; No Jason in F13?Brad Fuller, one half of the producing team behind one of Hollywood’s key remake machines, Platinum Dunes, recently sat down with Crave Online for an interview and answered some lingering questions about the future of both Freddy and Jason.

He even introduced the possibility of a Jason-less Friday the 13th. I wouldn’t get too excited about that though… it has happened in the past with the original Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, but it’s kind of unlikely in today’s film climate.

When asked if Derek Mears (the best part about the remake) would be returning for the role of Jason, Fuller answered, “Again, 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 can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he’s a dream so we’d be lucky to have him.” An odd answer for sure.

Fuller went on to mention that they’re not yet 100% locked on the script or the found footage direction, “Now it’s a matter of getting a script that we all love, that we feel like we can execute in a great way. That’s always the battle, isn’t it?” On found footage, “It’s 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… I’m well acquainted with some very loud members of the audience who hate found footage and I understand that. I think for us it’s more about what the story is and what’s the best way to tell it. Until we figure out exactly what the story is for the next Friday the 13th movie, I can’t tell you what it’s going to be.”

Fuller also mentions that they haven’t heard about a sequel to their Nightmare On Elm Street or a prequel, and that New Line and Warner Brothers haven’t been in touch, “In terms of pure box office, I think that’s our highest grossing film worldwide. I’d love to do another one but I feel that way about all of our films. We don’t jump into these films unless we actually loved the characters or the story. I’d love to make Freddy Krueger movies every couple years. It’d be fantastic.

It’d be fantastic if there was a director behind them who actually grasps the concept of A Nightmare on Elm Street, what makes it scary, and how to breathe life into nightmares beyond having it snow in a classroom. Or something like that.

Stay tuned.

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  • theGoldenSimatar

    *sighs* Trying to do a non-Jason Friday the 13th sailed with the second film coming out. Same with making ‘Halloween’ into an anthology movie series. That ship has sailed. I’d love to see a horror anthology franchise; but you’re not going to be able to change a 30+year track record with just one film. People walk into F13 wanting Jason….no Jason and the film stands no chance.

    NOES remake on a visual tone (ignoring everything else for a moment) the dream sequences weren’t that impressive. Despite having a $35million budget; they didn’t even try to make even one elaborate set-piece in the dreams and if the only positive thing one can say about lions share of the sequels: the dream sequences were incredibly imaginative and they just ran wild.

  • MonsterMash

    I like Derek. He seems like a cool guy, and physically, he fits the role perfectly. Sure, Kane’s Jason is irreplaceable, but people seem to forget there’s more than one guy who played Jason, and Kane wasn’t the first. Sure, Derek’s makeup was goofy, but he seemed like the only one who gave a fuck.

    • kiddcapone

      Derek Mears is more than a cool guy, he’s awesome. One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet at the horror cons. I just didn’t see anything that clearly stood out during the remake that makes me give a shit if he plays the role again or not.

      For my money, the best Jason was Ted White in The Final Chapter. He had a menacing presence that really shoot out from behind the mask and was memorable.

      • MonsterMash

        Yeah, he was a great Jason. I also dig part 3. The retarded grin on Jason’s face is great. A lot of people hate on that makeup, but I think it’s kinda creepy at times. It really shines when Jason storms out the door of that house and smiles. Kane’s Jason is awesome too. They all have their good qualities. Kane’s Jason was the Jason that was needed for part 7. 7-X all wouldn’t be the same without him. However, I think its good that many different guys play Jason, because Jason’s appearance sets the tone for the movie. If Jason from part 3 was in Jason X, that would be silly. Sillier than Jason X already is. That movie is damn fun though. I don’t really give a shit what they do with the next one, but I think Derek deserves another chance at being in a really good, old school F13.

  • kiddcapone

    Fuck Platinum Dunes and everything they touch.

    The funny part is, ever since the Friday the 13th remake, I always hear about how great Derek Mears was playing the role of Jason. What exactly was so great? What made it better than Hodder? Honestly, nothing about the mannerisms stood out to me. I couldn’t get past the fact Jason looked like he was wearing knockoff brand Wal-mart clothes and was entirely too tall and looked like a guy dressed up at a local Halloween hayride.