Written by John Squires
Paramount and Platinum Dunes have been developing a new installment in the Friday the 13th franchise for a few years now, running into various problems along the way, but it seems that they’re finally ready to bring Jason Voorhees back to the big screen proper. Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski wrote the latest iteration of the project, and now a director has been found.
Deadline reports tonight that Breck Eisner is currently in talks to direct the new Friday the 13th reboot, replacing recently-attached director David Bruckner. The film, according to the site, is expected to be released sometime next year, but certainly not on the originally planned date of January 13th. Friday, October 13th seems like the best bet, at the moment.
Eisner’s directorial credits include the remake of The Crazies and last year’s The Last Witch Hunter.
As our own David Grove exclusively reported here on iHorror back in June, the Friday the 13th reboot will be a period piece, but not quite an origin story.
“Origin isn’t really the right word for this movie,” said producer Brad Fuller. “The word origin got out and everyone’s calling it an origin film now, but that isn’t exactly the direction we’re taking. It’s more of an alternate world that we’re creating for Jason – an alternate space, alternate reality – in this film. Yes, Pamela and Jason are together in this film, but this is the same Jason we all know and love. He’s Jason; he kills – he kills teenagers. We went down the origin route with the second Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, and I think when you go to deep into a character’s origin, the character stops being scary at some point. I’m not worried about demystifying Jason by revealing parts of his back story, which most of the fans are familiar with.”
“The story takes place between the late 1970s and the early 1980s,” he added. “There is a summer camp, and there are camp counselors.”