News from Platinum Dunes!

Friday the 13th (2009)Courtesy of Shock Till You Drop, we’ve got some pretty sweet Platinum Dunes news!

Platinum Dunes, the main guys to go to for good horror remakes, recently talked about a follow up to their Friday the 13th remake. Written by the same guys who wrote the remake (Mark Swift and Damion Shannon), there isn’t a complete script yet (technically there’s not even a green light on it yet), but there’s a tentative release date set of August 13, 2010.  According to Fuller, “If we’re going to do another Friday the 13th we want to present something audiences haven’t seen before and one of the things they haven’t seen before is Jason in the snow. We just want to bring things they haven’t seen before,” although that does not mean, “the [entire] movie will not be set in the snow.”  Though, honestly, I’d be okay with an entire snowbound Jason movie.

When talking to Fuller, it was palpable that he wants to see improvements made the next time out. “If we were vulnerable in Friday the 13th, I think our vulnerability is people think our kills were not clever enough,” he said. “So whatever we need to do to make our kills feel clever in our second film is what we’re going to do. I think turning [Jason] into a space-going astronaut is the direction we’re going to go in. But that’s a criticism goes to my heart. I feel I failed the fans in that those kills were not original enough.”

Sounds like the remake is set to start filming before the end of the year, with no word yet on who’s going to direct.  My suggestions?  Jonathan Liebesman (Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Dave Meyers (The Hitcher remake), Jaume Collet-Serra (House of Wax remake and the upcoming Orphan), William Malone (House on Haunted Hill remake), Steve Beck (Thirteen Ghosts and Ghost Ship).  Or Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), especially if it does take place in the snow!

Other interesting tidbits from Platinum DunesThe Birds remake is still in the scripting stages and, at this point, isn’t looking likely to happen.  Same with the proposed Rosemary’s Baby remake.  An original script, called The Butcherhouse Chronicles, is seeming more feasible.  According to Fuller, it’s “in the wheelhouse of Friday the 13th : fun horror, kids running around, not too much torture or pulling people’s nails or teeth out. Great villain. It feels pretty good. We don’t make these movies by sending people to sets and have them make it for us, our limitation is the amount of time Drew and I can spend on set. This year is spoken for, fortunately, so hopefully this is a 2010 movie for us.”

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