Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller has been speaking to Crave to give an update on several horror properties. The producer discussed the next Friday the 13th movie, any future plans for A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Purge 2 and the spooky Ouija.
On the Frank Grillo-starring The Purge 2, Fuller said, “The sequel to The Purge delivers on the promise of the original in that we’re not staying in the house. It’s not a home invasion movie. This is you’re out in the streets with people purging and a group of people who get stuck in the middle of it and have to get from point A to point B.”
Moving on to Ouija, Fuller confirmed that the horror is looking to cement on PG-13 rating. He added, “Today is day 17 out of 25. We’re shooting it here in Los Angeles. That is a fairly low-budgeted movie. It’s in the Purge-ish range. It’s the story that you think it is. It’s the story about a group of kids who take out a Ouija board and start playing a game, and all hell breaks loose. In our movie, the Ouija board is a communication device. Our kids tap into something horrible and the Ouija board is the way that the entity comes in and is going to have to go out.”
After the abysmal A Nightmare on Elm Street remake bombed with critics and fans, the producer was asked about a possible follow-up. Fuller responded, “You know what, I haven’t heard a thing. it’s a little bit disappointing. We were very proud of that movie. It was Rooney Mara’s first starring role. In terms of pure box office, I think that’s our highest grossing film worldwide. I’d love to do another one, but I feel that way about all of our films. We don’t jump into these films unless we actually loved the characters or the story. I’d love to make Freddy Krueger movies every couple of years. It’d be fantastic.”
With Jackie Earle Haley signed on for two more Elm Street movies, Fuller was asked about the star’s deal. He said, “I really don’t know his deal so I don’t know when it runs out, but that’s up to New Line and if they want to do it, they will. New Line had such a huge hit with The Conjuring and that was a fantastic movie and it feels like New Line might be moving away from the kind of horror with a lot of blood and that kind of thing in their movie, more towards what The Conjuring was. At least that’s what I’ve heard, but no one has talked to us about Nightmare on Elm Street.”
More The Conjuring, less new Elm Street movies? Yes, yes please!
Now on to Friday the 13th. A new Friday film has already been announced for a 13th March, 2015 release and recent speculation suggests that the sequel may utilise the found footage approach that has been a recent craze in horror films of the last few years. On this topic, Fuller said, “It’s something that we’re looking at, yeah. I never know because it depends on the story and what the story is. It’s been reported that’s something that we’re looking into, but I can’t tell you definitely that that’s what the movie is.”
When asked whether Derek Mears, Jason in 2009’s Friday the 13th remake, would be returning to don the famed hockey mask, Fuller replied, “I don’t know, because I don’t know if we’re going to have Jason. I don’t know which Jason we’re going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he’s a dream so we’d be lucky to have him.”
A Friday the 13th movie without Jason? Really?! Have you not heard of Halloween III: Season of the Witch and what that did to the Halloween series?
Expect to hear more on these projects as they develop.