Friday the 13th Reboot Cursed?
Friday the 13th the reboot from Paramount Pictures has faced multiple problem. Firstly, there was the long debated rumor circulating that the film would be developed as a found footage concept. “Friday the 13th” fans were outraged and express disgust on the artistic shift, a move away from its traditional slasher roots. Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes and producer to the film pacified the tension and nixed the idea that would have proved fatal for the thirty year old Franchise. Fuller stated:
Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movie’s been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movie’s not going to be found footage.
Secondly, back in October DecayMag.com reported that the next installment to the “Friday the 13th” franchise was delayed to the 13 of January 2017. Originally the film was slated for release in 2016. However, Paramount Pictures decided to shift the release dates of the next installment to the “Ring” the sequel to the 2002’s remake of the J-horror film “Ringu” and “Friday the 13th”.
The schedule shift raises many question and concerns for the next installment to “Friday the 13th”. As many in the film entertainment industry are aware films released in January are doomed to low box office sales. The first month of the year are generally reserved for films movie studios have little faith in.
Friday the 13th Losses Director and Writer
Earlier this week, (ending the 4th of December 2015) The Wrap reported that director David Bruckner will not be a part of the retelling of “Friday the 13th”. The news comes on the heels of the aforementioned schedule change for the film’s release. Furthermore, initial and long term reports indicated that Nick Antosca will be writing the screenplay.
According to the article provided by The Wrap Aaron Guzikowski is in negotiations to pen the script to “Friday the 13th”. Apparently Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes have dispatched talents of Nick Acosta and in doing David Bruckner got tired of the waiting game and vacated the project. As of the time of this published article no word has surfaced yet if Aaron Guzikowski negotiation were finalized.
Friday The 13th Problems Mount
To compound problems Paramount Pictures has only a limited time left to release “Friday the 13th”. The studio giant acquired the rights to the horror slasher franchise temporarily from Warner Brothers. In June 2013 The Hollywood Reporter released an article detailing a merger between the two studios. At the time Paramount Studios had merged with Warner Brothers for production of Christopher Nolan‘s “Interstellar”. However, the union wasn’t free. Warner Brothers had offered Paramount rights to co-finance “Friday the 13th”. However, the clause is that Paramount has only five (5) years to produce the film or lose all rights. Time is ticking against Paramount Pictures.
Stay tuned as the problems continue to mount on the next installment to the “Friday the 13th” franchise.
- The Wrap.com
- The Hollywood Reporter