Written by John Squires
A new installment in the Friday the 13th franchise has been on again, off again for several years now, and we can’t even keep track of all the release dates it’s had since being put into development. The most recent date was January 13th, 2017, but since filming still hasn’t even begun on Jason’s big return, we had a feeling that date was going to be tossed out the window. And indeed, as expected, it has been.
Entertainment Weekly reports today that Paramount has bumped the slasher reboot nine months, now set to release it on Friday, October 13th, 2017. We’ll have to wait quite a big longer before we see Jason Voorhees on the big screen again, but it’s hard to complain about the franchise returning so close to Halloween. Provided Paramount actually comes through on their promise this time, that should be a really fun night out at the movies.
Also worth noting that they bumped Rings AGAIN; look for it on February 3rd, 2017.
As our own David Grove exclusively reported here on iHorror back in June, the Breck Eisner-directed 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.”