‘Friday the 13th’: ‘Prisoners’ Writer to Pen Next Installment (EXCLUSIVE)

Aaron Guzikowski is in negotiations to write the next installment in the “Friday the 13th” franchise for Paramount and Platinum Dunes, sources tell Variety.

Michael Bay will produce along with his Platinum Dunes partners Andrew Form and Brad Fuller. Paramount had no comment on the negotiations.

While plot details are still under wraps, the film will likely focus on the return of legendary mass murderer Jason Voorhees, who has terrorized inhabitants of the Camp Crystal Lake for the past three decades.

This will mark the 13th film in the franchise, with the most recent bowing in 2009 for New Line and Warner Bros. As part of the deal that allowed Warner Bros. to come on as co-producers on “Interstellar,” the studio traded the rights to “Friday the 13th” to Paramount, which is where Platinum Dunes also holds a first-look deal.

This will be the second “Friday the 13th” installment Platinum Dunes will produce, already having rebooted classic slashers “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Guzikowski’s thriller “Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman, garnered widespread critical acclaim after its release in 2013. He is currently attached to pen a remake of the Steve McQueen pic “Papillon” and is also penning the reboot of “The Wolf Man” for Universal.

He is repped by Verve and Madhouse Entertainment.

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