Is Blumhouse Planning a 'Friday the 13th' Reboot?
Blumhouse has secured three release dates for projects at Universal. The studio announced Friday that untitled projects would be released on May 31, 2019, and Jan. 3, 2020. Additionally, one set for Sept. 6, 2019, has moved to Dec. 13, 2019. Curiously enough, that date happens to be Friday the 13th.
... Does that mean Jason Blum is planning a reboot of Friday the 13th?
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While details about all three of the projects were, of course, kept under wraps, the producer recently commented on the possibility of a Friday the 13th movie during an interview with CinePOP for Insidious: The Last Key. When asked if there was any other franchise he would like to tackle, he responded, "You know, I really wanted to do Friday the 13th. I would love to do that movie. Maybe someday we’ll get to do that one."
The original 1980 slasher movie centered on the blood-soaked adventures of Jason Voorhees, the seemingly unstoppable, hockey mask-wearing killer of mostly hormonally charged teens. It spawned a long list of sequels and multiple spinoffs; most recently, a reboot directed by Marcus Nispel was released in 2009. Another reboot was initially set to be released last year by Paramount but was removed from the schedule six weeks before shooting was to begin. The project was shut down shortly afterward.
However, Blum's comments and the Blumhouse announcement may just be a coincidence, as the franchise's rights are at the heart of a lawsuit involving Victor Miller, who wrote the story for the original 1980 film and is credited with coming up with the characters for the many sequels and reboots; and, on the other side, Horror Inc. and the Manny Company, who claim that Miller wrote Friday the 13th as a work-made-for-hire. It's highly unlikely that any Friday the 13th-related project gets off the ground until a judge makes a decision.
by Chris Gardner
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