‘Friday the 13th’ Reboot Axed by Paramount

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Paramount has decided to back off on its reboot of the iconic “Friday the 13th” horror franchise, which had been in development for several years at the studio.

Paramount announced Monday that it had pulled “Friday the 13th” from its Oct. 13 release date and filled the slot with the Jennifer Lawrence movie “mother!,” but gave no further explanation. Several sources told Variety that Paramount has put the project on ice for several reasons — its $21 million budget; the disappointing $13 million opening weekend for its “Rings” horror reboot; and the looming reversion of the rights to New Line.

“Friday the 13th” had been expected to start principal photography in the early spring with Breck Eisner directing in order to make the October release date. Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes was on board to produce with Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.

“Prisoners” scribe Aaron Guzikowski penned the reboot, which would have been the 13th film in the franchise, with the most recent bowing in 2009 from New Line and Warner Bros. As part of the deal that allowed Warner Bros. to come on as a co-producer on “Interstellar,” the studio traded the rights to “Friday the 13th” to Paramount, where Platinum Dunes holds a first-look deal.

The series launched in 1980 with Jason Vorhees as the unstoppable hockey mask-wearing killer who was drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake. Paramount originally set a 2015 release date, then moved it backwards several times.

The state of California had awarded the production a $5.6 million tax credit on Aug. 2 as part of its expanded incentive program to keep production in California. But that credit required that production would start within 180 days and that period has now run out.

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  1. Stan Heck says:

    The killed this film because “Rings” was a bomb. Well let me make a few things clear. The original film “The Ring” was a PG-13 film that was a hit with the Jr High Set. There was a 13 year lag between the last film and the new film however there is no fan base to begin with for “The Ring”. The film never developed a following and it is a forgotten film. “Friday the 13th” however is a different animal. The “Friday” films have never left the public conciseness. Go to any horror convention and there is always a line for the people that were in a “Friday” film. The stars of “The Ring” there is never a line. All the “Friday” films are well known for its gore and high body count. “The Ring” isn’t known for anything. The “Friday” films are now on their 3rd Generation of fans. The films still do well when they are shown on Cable. They are also popular with fan boys and there is not a person under 70 who doesn’t know who “Jason” is. Most people have no idea who the killer was/is in “The Ring”.

  2. “The series launched in 1980 with Jason Vorhees as the unstoppable hockey mask-wearing killer who was drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake.”

    I’m sure it’s considered cool among too-cool-for-the-room “progressive” types not to care about getting any of the facts straight in cases like these, but the sheer number of errors in that one sentence seems pretentious and deliberate.

    First of all, there’s no Jason Vorhees; it’s Voorhees. Second, he wasn’t the killer in the 1980 original Friday The 13th; his mother was. Exacerbating that error is the fact that the sentence ends with “who was drowned as a boy at Camp Crystal Lake”, which was explained by Mrs. Voorhees in the original in the context of HER killing spree. Also, Jason did not even wear a hockey mask for the entire first movie in which he was the killer. In fact, he only wore the hockey mask for the last twenty minutes or so of the second, that being Friday The 13th Part 3 from 1982.

  3. Jason Voorhees says:

  4. Jason Voorhees Jr. says:

    I won’t be watching any Paramount movies until…I believe in a vengeful killer in the woods, not a ugly
    chick crawling out of a TV that calls and gives warnings.

  5. xvoorheesx says:

    Finally some good news!

  6. They turned down the credit and were in prepro in Georgia.

  7. How bout some original ideas? thats beyond Hollywood’s scope.

  8. antonfmd says:

    Jason didn’t get his hockey mask till the third film.

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