Well, there have been a fair few rumours flying around the net about the next instalment of the Friday the 13th series, but it seems the truth is indeed now out there.
Originally set to be an Ďoriginí film, series creator Sean S. Cunningham recently revealed that the new chapter will not be in fact be an íoriginí film, but a remake of the original 1980 shocker, albeit one that will Ēsubstantially expand Jason Vooheesí character and backstoryĒ.
With a release date eyed for Friday October 13th, 2006 (what is it with horror films and tie-in release dates nowadays? Ė see also The Omen due on 06/06/06) it does indeed look like New Line are aggressively pushing forward on another Jason appearance, and although Sean S. Cunningham has not dismissed the idea of directing the film himself, there is no one yet announced to helm the project.
Fangoria recently spoke to Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller who had this to say: "We donít know exactly what itís going to be yet; itís definitely not going to be set after Freddy Vs. Jason or Jason X... This isnít a remake of the first one ó Jasonís definitely going to be killing people in our movie. I donít know if there is a term for it... Itís going to be like what we did with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, thatís the best analogy I have. There are going to be things you recognize, but we will make it a distinctively different story. Weíre going to keep all of the things that are expected [of a Friday the 13th film] in there".
So, glad thatís all cleared up then.
Visit Fangoria to read the full article with producer Brad Fuller.