There’s been quite a bit of buzz going around about the new Friday the 13th film in development. The film is now scheduled for release in November 2015 however; there’s been online controversy as to whether Jason Voorhees will even be in the film.
Here’s where the misunderstanding occurred: When asked if Derek Mears would be back in this latest installment, Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller was quoted as saying, "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."
Needless to say the Internet spun its web of “oh-no’s” far and wide, then suddenly there was a completely Jason Voorhees-less Friday the 13th headed our way. Fuller recently clarified that he was misquoted and what he was trying to convey is that he wasn’t sure how Derek Mears could be used since he didn’t know which point in Jason Voorhees’ life they would be working with. The full quote he gave to MovieWeb, discrediting the ridiculous rumor is as follows:
"It was a misquote. I had just said, 'I don't know who would play Jason Voorhees. Because I don't know what age he would be, or how we would use him. Are we clear about that? That was the original context of the question. 'Is Derek Mears going to be playing Jason?' I said, 'I don't know who the character is going to be, or at what point in his life we are going to be engaging in him with.' Somehow that became, 'He's not going to be in the movie.' But of course he's going to be in the movie!"
There you have it folks! You can all sit back, relax and trust that your favorite machete-wielding slaughterer of camp counselors is still stalking Crystal Lake.
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