New Friday the 13th Found Footage Movie Being Planned

Ryan Sternfels

jason-macheteMany complain that the Found-Footage style is overused and overhyped, while die-hard fans rebut that the genre isn’t dead and, as a matter of fact, it’s flourishing.  I find myself stuck in the middle, meaning I think it’s good when done right (isn’t that with every movie though?).

Recently, producers from Platinum Dunes, Michael Bay‘s production company who also gave us the 2009 reboot, were currently looking for screenwriters with particular talents in adapting the beloved franchise into Found-Footage format.

The prospect of watching Jason Voorhees up close and personal is interesting enough, however it’s going to take some doing for it to come out right.  I imagine it as a scary version of the last ten minutes of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.  Although there are still several fans out there wanting a new Friday the 13th, many are skeptical that the franchise has run its course and needs to put down.  With sequels, prequels, and reboots getting the cold shoulder from audiences lately, giving the franchise the Found-Footage treatment could prove fatal.

However, Found-Footage films are relatively cheap to produce while making millions at the box-office.  Paranormal Activity was made for just $15,000 and made over $193 million at the box-office, which in turn spawned four sequels with a spin-off and a fifth installment coming 2014.  One can argue the financial success of the franchise jumpstarted the popularity of Found-Footage films since The Blair Witch Project in 1999.  I suppose the only thing we can do is wait and see…

We’ll keep you posted on any new info, and let us know in the comments if you think the franchise can make the transition.

Source: [STYD]


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      1. Tiago October 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        I think it makes no sense at all. I hope they make a new F13 tradicional style, and that’s part 13, so it has to be special.
        Found Footage has nothing to do with F13.

      2. Kermet Merl Key October 3, 2013 at 4:02 pm

        I like the concept. I hope it works. But honestly, a film technique does not equal a good story. I think franchises prove one thing: Tell a good story and the people will keep coming back for more.

      3. Steve October 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

        I myself ( Being a Pretty Hard core Friday 13th Fan ) Really enjoyed the 2009 Re visioning ( Not so much a Remake ). I believe they should start where 09 left off. Have the Old lady, who talked of him, find Jason wounded, barely alive. Nurse Jason back to health,& then of course, KILL HER!! LOL. They could bring Clay & Whitney back. Or just refer back to them dumping Jason’s body in the lake as a Dream sequence ( like they always use to do ). BAM!! Start of another Friday 13th. This film could then set up for a Lost Footage Film!! Just Saying :)

      4. Secret_007_ (@Secret_007_) October 3, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        I would prefer Friday the 13th be a motion picture on high quality film, not something from a hand-shaking camcorder. I hate the Blair Witch/Paranormal Activity video tape type of filming.

      5. James Masters October 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

        Just to let you know Paramount pictures got the rights back from warner bros/new line. Not warner getting them from universal, Mr reporter!

      6. Ryan Sternfels October 3, 2013 at 10:59 pm

        Thanks for the catch Mr. Commentator. Looks like my sources didn’t fully check out. Rest assured the incorrect information has been removed.

      7. Gordon Desell November 1, 2013 at 12:19 am

        Are you kidding me? I’m the biggest F-13th fan around, but I will not go and see this movie if they go with the found footage gimic. Go back to what works!!! Bring Kane Hodder back. Also, am I the only one who doesn’t want Sean Cunningham to be involved? Remember Jason goes to hell? It was awful!! Somehow, he produced a sequel worse than Jason takes Manhattan!