Rebooted Friday The 13th Gets A Release Date
Jason's back on... well, Friday the 13th
Reboots, eh? They're like buses. If you miss one, another usually follows within six years. The metaphorical bus in this analogy is Paramount's freshly re-rebooted Friday The 13th, which, after a 72 month interlude, will be returning to the big screen in a new guise. It now has a release date scheduled for Friday March 13, 2015 - as predicted here back in June.
The new Friday The 13th has emerged from a legal battle for the ages. Warner Bros., which owned the rights, ceded them to Paramount in exchange for a piece of the action on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Nolan's New Line had left Warner Bros. after a profitable partnership and decamped to Paramount. Exhibitor Relations tweeted news of the release date.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-ha-ha-ha-ha...the new FRIDAY THE 13th will be 13th theatrical release for the series. Freddy, Jigsaw, Michael Myers = Amateurs.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) November 27, 2013
So what does this mean for Jason and his trusty hockey mask? There's no word on plot or casting yet, but Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy Vs. Jason) have written a "great - better than the first" screenplay. There's also been talk of 3D, whispers of a found footage treatment, and even hints that Jason would be swinging the machete in snowy climes.
Marcus Nispel oversaw Jason's return to the screen for Platinum Dunes in 2009, a moderately successful affair that hacked and slashed its way to $91m in worldwide grosses. The business model for low-budget horror - make 'em cheap, watch the cash roll in - has already enhanced the Paramount balance sheet to the tune of one ginormously popular Paranormal Activity franchise, so this should fit right in.
Friday The 13th hits our screens on March 13, 2015.