Last week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Chicago and visit the set of the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street. While I’m embargoed up the ass when it comes to that film, I am allowed to tell you a little bit about what Platinum Dune producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form said about Friday the 13th Part 2 (well, it may not be called Part 2, but I’m just keeping the sequel naming convention from the original series).
While the Friday remake was front loaded at the box office, it was remarkable in its opening weekend. While there’s no green light for a sequel, Fuller and Form have been working with Damian Shannon and Mark Swift on the script.
So what will we see? It’s still a long way out, but there are some things they’re thinking about. One possibility: snow.
Says Fuller: ‘We also want to bring things [the fans] haven’t seen before and one of the things that they haven’t seen before is Jason in the snow. They haven’t seen that before.’
But Fuller immediately said that doesn’t mean you should expect an entire snowbound entry in the Friday franchise. ‘I can tell you this, the movie itself will not take place in the snow. I don’t want to sit in Winnipeg with [Andrew] for two months in the snow. We did that once, I don’t want to do it again,’ he laughed. So while we may see Jason in a snowy situation – a prologue, perhaps? – the entire film won’t be a winter entry, despite the fact that they’d like to shoot later this year for a Friday August 13th release.
Meeting that date means that it’s very unlikely the sequel will follow in the current 3D trend.
‘I don’t know if we have the time to be ready for it,’ said Form. ‘If it does all happen, it’ll happen quickly because the film does need to shoot before the winter does come and ‘cause the date would be summer next year. So, we’ve talked about how much time to get ready for the 3-D and then how much post time you need which is a lot longer than a non-3-D movie to get it into the theaters and then financially. But I mean from day one when we started talking about the sequel we talked about it being in 3-D.’
Fuck 3D. Real fans know the third entry should be in 3D anyway.
The thing I wondered about most, though, was the kills. My biggest complaints about the first film was that the adherence to a more ‘realistic’ Jason meant that his kills didn’t reach the truly grand guignol levels the series had previous hit,
‘That’s a criticism that really goes to my heart, that I feel like I’ve failed the fans if those kills aren’t original or that they’re not unique or grisly,’ Fuller said. ‘You can read the comments [on the internet] 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. [But] I don’t think that turning him into a space-going astronaut would be the direction that we’re going to go in…’
I’m hopeful. I know there are a lot of haters out there who inexplicably shit on this movie while celebrating truly awful entries like Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood; how that’s possible blows my mind. I think Form and Fuller have their hearts in the right place and their first Friday proved that not only do they have the tone of the series down pat, but that they’ve managed to find the very best Jason Voorhees ever in Derek Mears. I’m excited to see where they go next.
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