Friday the 13th: Part 13

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With the huge success of the latest Halloween, studios are now looking to move quickly on a new Friday the 13th. Right now word is that Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and LeBron James’ (yes the basketball star, who is apparently a big fan of the franchise) SpringHill Entertainment are in talks to acquire the rights. Though it's still early days, as they still need to attach a writer to the project, so it may be a while before things finally move forward. (10/24/18)

Producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form gave an update on the project recently, which still won't be moving forward anytime soon. Brad said the following: "One of the biggest heartbreaks of the last couple years was that we were about to make that movie and it fell apart. That still hurts. We get asked about that more than anything else. Fans think it's so simple, that if we want to make the movie we can go make it, and that's just not the case. There are rights issues; originally, Warner Bros. owned the rights, then Paramount had them for a couple of years, and now I think the rights are reverting back to Warner Bros. At the same time, there's this on-going lawsuit with Victor Miller. If there's a lawsuit hanging over the rights, it's problematic, you can't really make the movie until that gets settled. And now the movie is at New Line, and we've made a lot of movies with those guys, but that's not our home studio anymore. So the question is, do they want to make the movie with us? If they want to make that movie with us, we will drop what we're doing to make that movie. We had such a great experience making Friday the 13th (remake), it was a dream come true to watch those movies as a kid and then be a part of it." Andrew added... "That one still hurts every day. We were a couple of weeks from filming on that one, Guzikowski wrote an unbelievable script, we found the camp... That one still hurts." (3/23/18)

It looks like this film has been delayed again, as various reports indicate that the studio began second-guessing the project after Rings underperformed at the box office, leading to them ultimately shutting down pre-production all together. Filming was originally going to take place in March, with an October 13th 2017 theatrical release set. No word on when production will pick up again. (2/7/17)

Originally had a August 13th 2010, March 14th 2015, a November 13th 2015 a May 13th 2016, a January 13th and a October 13th 2017 theatrical release.

There's a new rumor that Jason's father, Elias, will have a key role in the movie. Apparently he'll play a park ranger, who works near Camp Crystal Lake and he leaves Pamela and Jason at one point after he notices a "wickedness in Jason and the effects it has on Pamela." If this is true, the "wickedness" within Jason may be part of the origin of why Jason can't be killed and why he is what he is. (1/30/17)

It looks like production really will begin in March thanks to a casting call that lists filming for March 19th through May 4th in Atlanta, Georgia. They're asking for 12-year-old identical twin boys, who will apparently be playing a younger Jason, which is said to be part of the "unique retelling" of his origin story. Here's what they're asking for: 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. (1/28/17)

According to F13Franchise the film is currently in pre-production at Conyers, Georgia, where it will begin filming sometime in March. The location is interesting, as it's reportedly only 24 miles from Atlanta (where it was previously announced to film) and 12 miles from Covington, which is where they filmed Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part 6. Keep in mind that nothing is official at the moment, so it may just be rumors, but it's good news for fans if true. (1/27/17)

Casting will reportedly begin December 2016, with filming aimed to start sometime in the Spring of 2017 in Atlanta. (10/25/16)

Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller had another recent interview where they gave more details on the project, specifically how difficult it was to get moving again, saying: "There were so many obstacles to surmount to get to where we are today. I’m not going to bore you with all of them but for a long time, there was a rights issue between Paramount and Warner Bros. Then there was an execution issue. At one point, the studio wanted us to make a found-footage version of that movie and that was deeply concerning to us because we didn’t think we could execute the movie in the right way if it was a found-footage movie." Adding... "No, Jason is a POV movie. So, it was very hard to wrap our head around how you would do a Friday the 13th that was found footage, knowing that we really need the Jason perspective of watching. We didn’t want to break the DNA of that. We also battled: do we do a sequel to the original? Do we pick up where we left off with Jared and Amanda at the end of the movie? Somehow, that didn’t find a home. So, it’s been eight years. It will be eight years since we made the last one. I’m here to say that we found the location. We have found the lake, we have found the camp. We found an amazing script by Aaron Guzikowski. Breck Eisner is directing the movie." (10/26/16)

Producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller spoke about their approach with the project in a recent interview, saying: "This is the 13th “Friday the 13th” and on some level that’s kind of magical that we are lucky enough to make the 13th “Friday the 13th” movie. The challenges are you don’t want to alienate the people that come to see the first 12 but at the same time you don’t want your audience who haven’t seen the first 12 to feel like I’ve missed out on all of this and I’m not coming to see the 13th film. That’s where and why we were lucky enough to get Aaron Guzikowski, who is an amazing writer and who saw a way to bridge those two audiences and make a way a movie where if you haven’t seen a “Friday the 13th” movie you know exactly what is going on and if you have seen one, you are going to be smiling the whole way through because there are nods to everything that you know but it is not imperative that you know those things to enjoy the film. We have made plenty of Slasher movies and what excites us about this one is that our characters aren’t just meat for Jason to butcher. These are real characters which will hopefully make the bond with the audience that much stronger because you really care about the people in this film." (10/24/16)

It seems that the film's production may be put on pause due to a recent lawsuit that has come to light. Basically the writer of the original 1980 film (Victor Miller) is looking to get the rights to the franchise and naturally the current rights holders are fighting it. You can read more about it here. (8/26/16)

Breck Eisner (The Crazies, The Last Witch Hunter) is in talks to direct the flick, replacing David Bruckner (The Signal, Southbound), who was previously attached.

Producer Brad Fuller revealed more details about the direction they're taking with the film, saying: "Origin isn’t really the right word for this movie. The word Origin got out and everyone’s calling it an origin film now, but that isn’t exactly the direction we’re taking. It’s more of an alternate world that we’re creating for Jason – an alternate space, alternate reality – in this film. Yes, Pamela and Jason are together in this film, but this is the same Jason we all know and love. He’s Jason; he kills – he kills teenagers. We went down the origin route with the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, and I think when you go to deep into a character’s origin, the character stops being scary at some point.  I’m not worried about demystifying Jason by revealing parts of his back story, which most of the fans are familiar with."It also looks like the rumor about the film being a period piece is correct, adding: “The story takes place between the late 1970s and the early 1980s. There is a summer camp, and there are camp counselors." Lastly the last report about Jason's father being in the film may not be accurate, as they're still not sure if he'll actually be in the movie, saying: "No, we haven’t decided whether or not Elias will appear in the film. Again, that was a comment I made, which was a response to a question about whether or not Elias would be a part of this film. I said that including Jason’s father was an idea, a possibility, but it’s not at all a certainty that he’ll appear in the film. The main relationship is between Pamela and Jason." (6/18/16)

The recent rumor about meeting Jason's father as been confirmed, as producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form revealed the following in an interview"We’re going to go back and we’re going to meet that family. You’re gonna meet Pamela, Elias, and Jason. And you’re gonna see how it all happened." (6/4/16)

There's a new rumor floating around that part of the Jason origin that was talked about in another interview will involve Jason's father "Elias." The character has never been shown on screen before, except for in the original ending for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and briefly referenced in Jason Goes to Hell. (6/2/16)

Producer Brad Fuller had another interview recently where he revealed further details about the film, saying: "Aaron [Guzikowski] story has great characters…You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward." When asked if it was an origin story, he replied: "Origin-ish, but it’s an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s there, but it’s a little bit different from what you’ve seen before." (5/31/16)

It looks like pre-production may be underway soon, as the producers have recently revealed at WonderCon that "there will be a set visit for everybody soon." And they hinted that this will be a "period film," which adds to the rumor that this may take place sometime in the 80's. And they had this to say on Aaron Guzikowski's script: "We’re so lucky to have Aaron Guzikowski writing, who is a fan of the franchise. He’s come up with an amazing story and we can’t wait to make this one." (3/29/16)

Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) scripts the latest draft.

In a recent interview with producer Brad Fuller he reveals that they've officially dropped the found footage idea, saying:"...there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movie’s been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movie’s not going to be found footage." Adding..."At the end of the day, those movies are so fantastic because Jason Voorhees is such a dynamic presence and people love to see him do what he does well. We hope to put Jason in a situation where he’s able to do that again, and it doesn’t feel like you’re seeing the same thing over and over." At the moment the producers are hoping a script comes within the next couple months.(5/18/15)

Nick Antosca (NBC's Hannibal) is attached to write the latest script.

It was previously said that the film will incorporate found footage and "answer the decades-old question of why slasher Jason Voorhes can't be killed." Apparently the found footage aspect has been dropped.

At one point the producers played with the idea of the film possibly being in 3D.

The producers had a recent interview where they revealed some aspects that they may explore in the new film, saying: "There’s always been this supernatural aspect to these movies. It defies logic that, you see Jason get killed in every movie, including ours, the 2009 one. And then he comes back and no one’s ever really investigated what that is. So that’s something that I think about a little bit. Like it is supernatural, but what is he? Those are the things that we’re toying with. Nothing has been decided. But those type of things: How does he always come back?" Adding... "People traditionally want to understand exactly how and why things happen, and yet something so odd happens at the end of these movies and no one seems to question it. So people come to the movie with the expectation that the real villain will be killed and come back. And yet we never toyed with that notion.” If someone noticed, could Friday the 13th earn its own Dr. Loomis, the Halloween series’ in-the-know psychologist? Fuller approves of the comparison. “Those are the things that we’re asking ourselves. And we’ll see what comes of it." (2/16/15)

David Bruckner is in negotiations to direct this film, which is now being described as a "reboot". Bruckner co-directed The Signal and then went on to helm a segment in the found footage anthology V/H/S. It's unsure if the producers are still going the found footage route, but rumors indicate that it's not entirely off the table. (4/15/14)

Along with adding the release date, the studio has the film listed simply as Friday the 13th, which could mean that this is either another reboot of sorts or will have name change down the road, likely a subtitle. Either way, it's speculation right now since nothing else has been revealed other than the release date. (11/27/13)

New Line has given the rights back to Paramount Pictures, with word that the studio is interested in bringing life back to the franchise. Producer Brad Fuller recently revealed that work on the project is expected to begin after wrapping up a couple projects. (7/16/13)

Fuller briefly explained the current situation with the project, saying "There's just no movement on it right now. Paramount and New Line are simply evaluating if they're going to make it and that's what's happening." (4/26/10)

Producer Brad Fuller confirmed that the last script involved Camp Crystal Lake re-opening to the public and Jason would indeed be in a snow setting for a portion of the film.

Once rumored to be in 3D.

No word if Derek Mears returns as Jason Voorhees.

At one point there was talk that there may be a segment in the film where Jason is pitted in the snow.

The producers are aiming to feature some more unique kills.

It's said that director Marcus Nispel expressed no interest in returning for the sequel.

It's said that this sequel will not take any cues from previous F13 sequels and will offer a completely new storyline.

This project originally started out as a sequel to the 2009 remake, but the studios eventually decided on just "rebooting" it again. It's said that this is a "unique retelling of the origin story."