By now it’s no secret that Paramount will be rebooting the iconic Friday the 13th franchise once again, and today things have started to heat up over at Camp Crystal Lake because it looks like the studio is eying V/H/S director David Bruckner to helm the latest installment in the franchise. Bruckner is the terrifying mind behind the “Amateur Night” segment in the horror anthology hit V/H/S, so he’s certainly a solid option to carry the machete into new territory.
One of the first things we ever learned about the new Friday the 13th was that Paramount was looking to take a found-footage approach to it, which makes snagging a director who knows a thing or two about the sub-genre even more eye-opening. Right now all signs are pointing towards this one being of the shaky-cam variety which could either be a good idea or a really bad one. On one hand, if they take this into found-footage territory it could offer us an entirely new look at one of horror’s most iconic monsters which could be exactly the thing this franchise needs after so many years of the same shit with a different story.
That being said, Jason Voorhees deserves something much better than the found-footage format. He’s an absolute beast of a villain that will tear his victims to pieces in more ways than you can count. There’s a reason Voorhees has notched the highest body count over the years. He’s an unstoppable machine that has forever left an impression on the horror genre as one of the scariest villains to ever grace the silver screen. A gimmicky found-footage Friday the 13th could take away everything horror fans love about the character as he would fall under another shaky-cam mess of a film that would distort his brilliant art of killing unsuspecting teens. And what a bummer that would be.
At this point it could go either way because it’s still unclear as to what approach Bruckner plans to take the reboot, so your guess is as good as mine. Paramount is aiming to release the film on March 13, 2015. The clock is ticking for Jason Voorhees, hopefully it’ll all be worth the wait.