Paramount Pictures was gung-ho about rebooting ‘Friday the 13th‘ after the 2009 reboot by Platinum Dunes failed to gather favor among fans of the franchise, but it all fizzled out earlier this year. Nick Antosca (‘Channel Zero’,’Hannibal’) was attached to write the screenplay before it fell apart and now the writer has shared some of the details as to why this won’t be seeing the light of day.
So why did it fail in pre-production? Antosca stated:
“I know Platinum Dunes was ready to go — they were enthusiastic. I heard various things — Paramount changed their mind about the 80’s setting, they wanted more mythology. Also, there was some corporate changeover in the ranks there, and the people who were in charge when I was hired were no longer there. The new folks may have wanted to put their own stamp on it. It happens. I was curious to see the version they did make, and I was disappointed when that fell apart too. It shouldn’t be that hard to make a Friday the 13th movie.”
Horror properties set in the past has proven successful with ‘Stranger Things’ and has garnered interest in the upcoming ‘It’ reboot, so this setting for ‘Friday the 13th’ would have been a good fit here.
Antosca went on to list what movies inspired his screenplay:
“The Paramount Friday the 13th movies,” ‘Dazed and Confused,’ ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High,’ John Hughes movies, “plus Jaws, a little bit. We just wanted to make a classic Jason movie, with kids at camp who get slaughtered, and great kills and some characters you actually enjoy hanging out with til they die.”
Well, it really seems like we’re missing out here. As to what kind of Jason we were going to get?
“David Bruckner and I talked about how to make a consistent Jason throughout our movie, but nod to the different Jasons. I prefer supernatural Jason, personally. And I loved the imagery of him under the water.”
Sadly, this movie will never be seeing the light of day. As to if another ‘Friday the 13th’ film would ever be made, I’m pretty sure that will happen, and it’s just a question of when and not if.
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