Horror's iconic villain Jason Voorhees will return to the big screen in 2017 — and this time he's really getting down to business. We're still a fair ways away from seeing Jason come back to life, but that's not stopping fans from lapping up every bit of information that comes our way regarding the Friday the 13th reboot.
From filming locations to the addition of new characters, there's been plenty of news surrounding the silent goaltender mask-wearing, machete-wielding Jason. The Friday the 13th franchise spans 12 films over the course of 30 years, so some, understandably, have their doubts as to how this reboot will bring something fresh to the table. But with some of the newly released details in mind, I think the upcoming installment is gearing up to be the best one yet.
If you're still not convinced about the Friday the 13th reboot, keep reading! Some of this new information might just convince you.
Confirmed: Filming Begins In Atlanta, During The Spring Time
When producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller were interviewed, they revealed filming will begin in Atlanta early next year. This is great for Friday The 13th, since it obviously takes place during summer and they'll need that spring weather. This means audiences can expect to see sunshine, a giant moon, and crystal clear lake (pun intended).
Confirmed: It Won't Be A Found Footage Movie
Were you upset about seeing Jason through a shaky camera? So was I. And apparently the producers were too. Thankfully, they scrapped that idea after catching wind of the fan backlash towards the idea. In an interview with Collider, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form revealed they have no plans of showing the film from any perspective other than Jason's.
"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."
They have a point. How exactly would a found footage Friday The 13th film even work? Well, we could look back on 2002's Halloween: Resurrection, which used a found footage angle at points, but was also a disaster.
Confirmed: The October 13th, 2017 Release Date Is Set
We've been through eight years of setbacks and delays, so I understand why you're probably not buying it. However, all of the the parts are in place this time! We have a script, a director, filming date, and location. In other words, start marking your calendars now, because this thing is actually happening.
Confirmed: Casting Will Begin Around December
What's Friday The 13th without Jason, his machete and a group of teenagers to inflict his wrath upon? Adding more reason to believe the film is making good headway, the producers have revealed casting will begin in December and they're making choosing the perfect actors a top priority.
One of the highlights of this installment is that they're taking it back to the old days, back when we bonded with the characters and became invested in their fates. That way, when they finally meet their grisly ends at Jason's hands, their deaths really mean something. With more of a character-driven story in mind, it'll be interesting to see who they cast.
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Confirmed: It Will Be A Hard R
Fuller and Form have already confirmed that the new Friday the 13th will have a "hard R" rating, meaning Jason won't be holding back any of his brutal fantasies of spilling teenage blood. In an interview with Variety, the producers stated the masked villain definitely won't disappoint.
"Form: But when its time for Jason to do his business…
Form: He does it and we will not let anyone down because when it is time it’s..
Fuller: It’s unrelenting."
We all know he can get creative with his kills, and isn't strictly a machete swinging maniac. Even so, it'll be nice to see Jason broaden his killing horizons and achieve his full slaughtering potential.
Are you optimistic for Jason's return, or still skeptical? After being burned in the past, I understand proceeding with some apprehension. However, I think it's time for us to officially get hyped now that it's all set into motion.
Plus, with the likes of Fuller, Form and director David Bruckner on board, I trust that these horror fans will revive this franchise into something great. An unrelenting Jason, an 80's timeline and likable (or unlikable) characters? This is what Friday The 13th is all about!