'Friday the 13th' Moves Forward at Paramount With 'Hannibal' Writer (Exclusive)
TV writer Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Believe) has been tapped by Paramount to write a new draft of Friday the 13th.
Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller are producing the latest version of the horror classic, which the studio has already dated for May 13, 2016. It will mark the second time Bay's Platinum Dunes has made the film in the past decade. The company also spearheaded a 2009 outing, which was released by Warner Bros. That film was made for $19 million and earned $91 million worldwide.
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David Bruckner, who earned praise for his indie horror film V/H/S, is directing Friday the 13th, which is expected to employ the found-footage technique and answer the decades-old question of why slasher Jason Voorhes can't be killed. Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg wrote the previous draft.
Friday the 13th first hit the big screen in 1980 (with Kevin Bacon in a lead role) and spawned seven sequels throughout the 1980s.
Antosca, who is coming off the NBC's serial killer series Hannibal, just finished a draft of the film The Forest for Lava Bear and producer David Goyer. Antosca's draft got the project a green light.
He is repped by WME, Writ Large and attorney Lev Ginsburg.
by Alex Ritman