By Jay Hunter – Friday the 13th fans have had endure quite the wait for the thirteenth instalment. After varying reports on when Jason Voorhees would actually return to stalk to the silver-screen it seems the production is finally locked in – with fresh details emerging. With the studio ambitiously aiming for release on October 13th of this year, shooting is expected to commence on March 19th in Georgia.
Early film reports stated that the movie would follow an origin premise for the hockey-masked killer, with Jason’s father – Elias Voorhees – also making an appearance. Elias was originally penned to make an appearance in Jason Lives, only to be cut during filming (see below). But now via a Platinum Dunes casting call, speculation has arisen that the character could make an appearance in the upcoming film. With producers reportedly on the look out for a “powerful-looking” Caucasian male, between 30-50. The male – once a ranger in the vicinity of Camp Crystal – will then leave the area after being disturbed by ”the wickedness in Jason and the effects it has on (Jason’s mother) Pamela”.
Of course, in past movies Jason has always been portrayed as more of a victim rather than a deranged killer from birth, so these (reported) contradictory elements may rile the franchises passionate admirers. Despite this news, Friday fans can take solace knowing that the talented Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) will be writing the script alongside Breck Eisner (The Crazies) who is on board to direct.