Brad Fuller and Andrew Form Interview - Friday the 13th
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Friday the 13th, scary, there's been so many movies but you guys are redoing it…why?
Brad Fuller: "Just because the opportunity was presented to us and it's a movie that we love. We felt like Jason hadn't been around in a little while and it's time to make him scary, not campy. There's no campiness in our film at all."
So what is the tone? Is it pure scares throughout?
Brad Fuller: "Well, the tone of the film, it's horrifying, hopefully, but there's definitely an element of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. So it's really fun and kids having fun, real kids going to a cabin and having what you would think would happen at that cabin happen. It's just unfortunately it gets broken up by Jason."
Is this a PG-13 or an R?
Brad Fuller: "It's as hard R as it gets. Absolutely."
So the studio didn't say for you to get rid of the blood, guts and gore?
Andrew Form: "We couldn't make that film. I mean this film is a very hard R-rated film."
And getting this cast, Jared especially – how did you get them involved?
Brad Fuller: "With Jared [Padalecki] specifically, he was someone we wanted to work with. We took him out to dinner and we explained to him what we thought it would be, and he was the first person to sign on. And it was important to have Jared sign on first because I think it sets the tone for everyone else that we're not going to make a movie with bad acting. We're not going to do a Friday the 13th that has marginal acting. We're really going to reach for actors who can really make something with this. And it seemed to be the right move because all the other actors, everyone would say, 'If Jared's doing it, then I…' He was like the anchor for us."
Do you have to consider all the mythology that's built up over all of the films or do you just go back to the first one and that's what you worry about? Or is it a new story, kind of, that still follows Friday the 13th?
Brad Fuller: "I think you can't throw the mythology out that went to some of the other films. We basically stopped after the fourth film and didn't look anywhere else for any of the mythology. So we took what took place in one through four and let that be our bible for what this movie was, especially for Jason's background and all that, and then we went from there."
But you don't keep the mother as the killer… Is that a spoiler if I say that?
Brad Fuller: "It's not a spoiler. She's in the movie. Very briefly, but she is in the movie. But the movie is not about Pamela Voorhees killing these kids. Jason Voorhees is killing these kids."
Why did you decide to go that way?
Andrew Form: "You know, growing up with the franchise we believed Jason was the killer. And it was just a creative choice that we made to reboot this franchise that we were going to focus more on Jason and less on Pamela."
I always wonder when you guys are doing these remakes, do you keep up with what's going on on the internet when people talk about the remakes that you're doing? Or do you pay attention to that at all?
Brad Fuller: "Sadly, we pay very close attention. Absolutely."
Doesn't that sometimes hurt your feelings?
Brad Fuller: "You know what? It does hurt our feelings but also I think we have to be…"
Andrew Form: "Brad Fuller must die."
Brad Fuller: "I read that a lot. You know what? It hurts our feelings, absolutely. That's the fan base and it's important for us to not turn our back on what the fans are asking for. I think that it's an important thing to use as your barometer as to how well you're doing and what you're doing. I'm anxious. As soon as I get out of here, I can't wait to go on the internet and to see what people are saying about our teaser and how they feel about it. Because if they like it, it gives us a sense of, you know, that's the core audience. We want to know what they're thinking."
Well, it seemed like they really liked it out there. Don't you think they accepted it well?
Brad Fuller: "It's hard to tell up there. You can't really hear up there. You can't see anything, so it's hard to tell."
The only remake I'm scared about is The Birds. Why are you tackling a Hitchcock movie?
Andrew Form: "Why are you scared of The Birds?
First of all, I loved the movie. And even though it doesn't stand up to time – I don't think it does – does it really need a remake?
Andrew Form: "I mean, people will say, 'Do any of these movies need a remake?' I mean, this one right here which we're talking about. It's a huge challenge to take on The Birds. We're talking about doing it. It's been a really hard process. That's been the hard one for us."
I'm assuming that you're not going to go forward until you get a script and everything else that you're really satisfied with.
Andrew Form: "We found a filmmaker that we feel is amazing, that we're so lucky to have, in Martin Campbell. Naomi Watts is the lead. The pieces coming together are amazing. But, yeah, it all comes down to the material. And we've been unable, to this point, to get a piece of material that makes everybody involved feel like moving forward."
But you will satisfy fans of the original, right?
Andrew Form: "Of course."