Friday the 13th Remake Gives Jason a New Origin Story
As it has always been and as it always shall be, the man in the hockey mask, Jason Voorhees, is returning to theaters next year in the latest iteration of the Friday The 13th franchise from Paramount and Platinum Dunes, penned by Prisoners and Contraband writer Aaron Guzikowski.
Jason Voorhees is arguably the most iconic and instantly recognizable horror villain in cinematic history, since 1981’s Friday The 13th Part 2, through a franchise that has endured twelve installments (including 2003’s crossover Freddy vs Jason and a 2009 reboot), Jason has stood the test of time because of the very simple nature of his character and the simplicity of the franchise itself. A disfigured boy who tragically drowned at Camp Crystal Lake because the horny, careless teenage camp counselors weren’t paying attention. Now, the immortal Jason stalks the camp slashing his way through anyone unlucky enough to cross his path. Simple, bloody, gory revenge! Each and every film in the franchise is essentially the same formula and it works!
However, according to Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller, we can expect to discover even more about why exactly Jason seems to defy all logic and return to wield the machete, time and time again, because apparently suspension of disbelief is no longer on the agenda in modern horror cinema.
In a recent interview with Esquire, Fuller spoke about the new approach they want to take with Jason:
“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?”
But Jason has always been this way, tried and true. So why then, have we been dealt an unexpected blow in the news of Jason receiving a “fresh” new origin story? What could this possibly add to the formula?
The next installment in the franchise from Paramount and Platinum Dunes is currently expected in theaters in January, 2017.
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