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

Aaron Guzikowski
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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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  1. is it true the script is ready and production is about to start very soon?

  2. Nick Rooney says:

    This could be maybe one of the better Friday the 13th movies since part since part 4 this writer is awesome prisoners was an amazing movie. Very well done and suspenseful

  3. Correction says:

    Because the rating of a movie is what determines its quality…and when has a F13 film ever been PG13? Have you even seen Prisoners? There is no way that this film would be “dumbed down”.

  4. Probably be dumbed down to a PG-13.

  5. Corey says:

    Let’s let Jason sleep now, okay? The guy obviously deserves Hell considering what he has done all these years, but not ‘production’ Hell. Don’t get me wrong, for I am a DIE HARD JASON FAN nearly my entire life and have enough collectible merchandise to open an exclusive shop, and I’m now 31. Lets face it…the franchise has been destroyed. “The final chapter” and/or “Jason Goes To Hell” would have been the perfect send off. Now, we get one every decade it seems with no real focus or direction other then how to make money. That was NEVER the cause of making these films. It was to have fun, for both the makers AND the fans. Jason is the greatest horror villain of all time in my opinion, but this has to stop. Let him be at this rate, please.

    • John says:

      You’re not a die hard fan because if you were you would realize that this writer tackling this material is revolutionary for the slasher genre, and you’d be madly curious to see it.

  6. Jason says:

    I thought the title of the next Friday the 13th was called prisoners

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