CraveOnline met up with producer Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday and got a lot of updates on the company's upcoming horror offerings.
Following the success of the first, low-budget film, Universal Pictures has already set a June 20, 2014 release date for The Purge 2, starring Frank Grillo. "The sequel to 'The Purge' delivers on the promise of the original in that weíre not staying in the house. It's not a home invasion movie," Fuller told the site. "This is youíre 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."
The next Friday the 13th movie is also moving into production for a March 13, 2015 release. "It's a matter of getting a script that we all love, that we feel like we can execute in a great way. That's always the battle, isnít it?"
Fuller added that found footage is an angle they might use. "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 definitively that that's what the movie is."
With the next film actually being the 13th installment, Fuller says that will a "a very daunting task."
Will Derek Mears returns to play Jason? "I don't know, because I do'ít 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," said Fuller.
Platinum Dunes also has the low-budget Ouija movie in production right now and is aiming for a PG-13 rating. "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."
And what about another installment in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise? "You know what? I haven't heard a thing. Itís a little bit disappointing, said Fuller. "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 years. It'd be fantastic."
Jackie Earle Haley was signed for two more movies, but Fuller doesn't know the details of his deal. "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."