The future of Friday the 13th has been in question for a few years now, outside of the awesome-looking video game that’s coming of course. Ever since the underperformance of the Nightmare on Elm St. remake put immediate plans for more Friday the 13th movies on the shelf ideas have come and gone. There was talk about a found footage take on Jason floating around for a while but that ended up not adding up to anything. As reported here last week Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is currently working on the latest attempt at a new Friday the 13th but before that it was Southbound co-director David Bruckner who had a very different take.
Bruckner envisioned a story set in the 1980’s where a teen coming of age story would collide with Jason and his machete. Sounds a little like Sleepaway Camp, no? Well unfortunately this version of the film will probably not happen but it did not stop Hannibal and The Forest writer Nick Antosca from fanning the flames of disappointment. In an interview on the Necronomicast be expanded on what we had previously heard about the project:
That was the plan, and we had a great time. I went back and watched the Paramount ones, multiple times, because that was the spirit we wanted – starting with the ’80s Paramount logo and all that. [It was] an incredibly fun and rewarding creative experience.A while later I heard they decided not to do it in the ’80s.
A truly retro Friday the 13th experience sounds like it would have at least been a fun change from the current crop of remakes and sequels. Would you have been down for a retro-styled movie more like the early chapters in the franchise?