Liebesman to direct next '13th' installment

New Line has tapped horror helmer Jonathan Liebesman to direct the latest incarnation of the “Friday the 13th” franchise, set up at Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes.

Liebesman, who’s in final negotiations, has already worked with the studio and Platinum Dunes on “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning,” due out in October. His debut feature was 2003′s “Darkness Falls” for Revolution.

Bay is producing with Platinum Dunes partners Brad Fuller and Andrew Form. Studio prexy Toby Emmerich is overseeing along with execs Cale Boyter and Jeff Katz.

The yet-to-be-titled pic will be the 11th outing in the “Friday the 13th” franchise, launched in 1980. Mark Wheaton (“Son of the Morning Star”) is penning the project, centered on the origins of the Jason Voorhees character as portrayed in the first four pics in the series.

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