Paramount, like most movie companies, makes decisions based on trends. Given that one of their cash-cows is Paranormal Activity, it made sense (on a business stand point) that they would try to sway David Bruckner (V/H/S and Southbound) to write the latest Friday the 13th film as a found-footage film.
Originally the film was meant to be a sequel to WB’s 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th, with the same writers and distribution team behind it. That all changed once Paramount and Warner Bros. took it to the conference room and did some quick IP trading. Paramount offered to give WB the rights to Interstellar for the chance to get their hands on Friday the 13th (a move that might end up biting Paramount on the butt).
Once the trade happened, Paramount scrapped the sequel idea and instead opted for a reboot with David Bruckner penning the screenplay.
Bruckner wound up dropping the project (due to some scheduling issues) and Paramount turned to Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners and Contraband) to write the film.
Two producers from Platinum Dunes (Andrew Form and Brad Fuller) were at Wonder Con this week, promoting the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, and when asked about spilling some details on the latest Voorhees film they gave horror movie fans everywhere a deep sigh of relief by saying that the film will in fact not be made in the found-footage style. Instead, both producers and Guzikowski are aiming to make the film a period piece.
They didn’t specify which period exactly, but I wouldn’t expect to see Voorhees strutting around Victorian England with a rapier at hand. Then again…they did put him in space…in the future…and then basically made him Deadpool. The film was crap, but it did give us that brutal head smashing scene. Probably should’ve given you all a warning before showing that GIF.
They also described Friday the 13th 2017 as, “Dazed and Confused meets Jason Voorhees, a genuine last-day-of-school coming-of-age story.”
I don’t really know what that means, but I know I wanna see it!
As a hug fan of all things horror and blood, this is all good news to me. Reboots aren’t everyone’s favorite things, but Voorhees has had 12 films (including Freddy vs Jason), so I’m pretty sure we can all handle one more Friday the 13th movie.
The film is slated for a release date of January 13, 2017. It will land on a Friday, and will be the 13th installment in the long history of Friday the 13th films.
…I’m starting to notice a pattern here…