In under six weeks, production was supposed to begin at Camp Crystal Lake for the upcoming ‘Friday the 13th‘ reboot and it looks like Paramount has decided to cancel the film. The film was originally scheduled to be released on October 13th, 2017. Then the studio removed its release date before word started to come out that all plans for production have halted.
Interestingly enough, it sounds like the decision had come from Paramount as both the production company Platinum Dunes and director Breck Eisner (‘The Crazies’,’Sahara’) only found out about this later in the day.
As the film was in preproduction with no casting having been finalized, it is hard to say if the film has been outright canceled or just delayed due to changes on Paramount’s side at this time. Rumors are circulating that it could be due to ‘Rings’ flopped at a $13 million release on a $25 million budget casting all future horror releases to be in question though chances are ‘Friday the 13th’ if done even halfway well would have earned back it’s own budget and that of ‘Rings’ in a solid October release spot.
One source close to the movie has anonymously disagreed with the above theory and stated that:
“The production was not ready to go at this date.”
It’s hard to tell about the future of Jason Vorhees at this time but the reboot had been set to retell his origin story in a new way and continue on the tradition of the 11-film franchise. There were casting calls for a young Jason as recently as last week making it hard to tell if we’d even see him as the Hockey mask-clad slasher in this film or if we’d be just seeing him and his mother.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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