It looks like FRIDAY THE 13TH fans will have to wait a little longer for Jason Voorhees to return to Crystal Lake. Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures is pushing back the new FRIDAY THE 13TH film from Friday, January 13th, 2017 to Friday, October 13th, 2017. RINGS, the forthcoming sequel to THE RING will also be delayed.
Paramount’s had a bit of a rough year. The epic remake BEN HUR was an epic flop, grossing only $26 million domestically on a $100 million budget. STAR TREK BEYOND also failed to go where no man has gone before at the box office. It also appears the forthcoming MONSTER TRUCKS could be a monster bomb.
It all adds up to another disappointing delay for the venerable FRIDAY THE 13TH film franchise which last stalked the big screen in 2009. Not a whole lot of details have emerged about the new entry in the FRIDAY THE 13TH series. Producer Brad Fuller did confirm in an interview that this will NOT be a found footage film. He also says the story will feature Pamela Voorhees (Jason’s mother) and it will be, at least in part, an origin story (“Origin-ish”).
The film’s IMDB page is almost non-existent. There’s no word on who will don the mask and play Jason this time around. Will it be Derek Mears (Jason from the 2009 film), Ken Kirzinger (FREDDY vs. JASON) or an entirely new actor altogether? Deadline Hollywood reported back in August that Breck Eisner (THE CRAZIES, SAHARA, THE LAST WITCH HUNTER) is in talks to direct the film. The last writer attached appears to be Aaron Guzikowski. That’s really all we know.
The movie’s delayed? What’s a fan to do? Well, if you need your Jason fix, you can always check out Pop Horror’s Guide For Beating FRIDAY THE 13TH NES and read all about the upcoming new FRIDAY THE 13TH Video Game.
We’ll keep you posted as the story develops.