It’s been a while since we’d heard anything about the Friday the 13th reboot, though we know that Paramount got the rights when they made a deal with Warner Brothers for the rights regarding Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar. The project is moving forward for a 2015 relaunch, and they’re close to hiring V/H/S segment helmer David Bruckner for the job.
This news comes from The Wrap, and this does nothing to dissuade the notion that the reboot would be done in a found footage style. Regardless, they’re surely looking for a low overhead on the new one. It comes after the 2009 reboot, which was late to the remake game and opened to a huge Friday and collapsed shortly thereafter. Bruckner seems a fine choice for the material, though his only feature film to date is The Signal for 2007. His V/H/S segment was done found footage and was… fine.
Paramount has a long history with the title. The first film was made by Sean S. Cunningham in 1980 in an attempt to follow in the footsteps of Halloween, and made nearly $40 Million on a nothing budget. Paramount was never particularly proud of the franchise, but it was a cash cow that consistently generated profits for the studio, but as those numbers waned in the late eighties as drive ins and horror movies went out of fashion, they let the character migrate over to New Line, who were behind the final two entries in the original series, the Freddy Vs. Jason film and were co-owners of the 2009 reboot.
As they are looking at a 2015 relaunch, we’d expect it to come in February, March or November of that year for obvious reasons.
Did you like the 2009 Friday the 13th?