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.
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