We still don’t currently know whether Platinum Dunes’ next installment into the immortal Friday the 13th franchise will be a “found footage” take on Jason Voorhees. We don’t even know whether V/H/S/ director David Bruckner is actually attached to direct the film or not.
The only thing fans could be certain of up to this point was that the much anticipated thirteenth chapter in the iconic slasher series (counting Freddy Vs. Jason) would hit theaters on Friday, March 13, 2015. Unfortunately, Paramount has opted to change things up a bit, pushing Jason’s latest rampage back, and bringing another horror project forward on the schedule.
Paramount announced over the weekend that the still untitled next Friday the 13th film has been pushed back a full eight months. Jason will now not take
Manhattan movie theaters again until Friday, November 13, 2015.
Original horror comedy Scouts vs. Zombies – which, as you might imagine, is about a boy scout troop battling the undead – will now take over the March 13 slot on the Paramount calendar. The cast for that film isn’t exactly big on star power, although Anchorman’s David Koechner is attached, as is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Patrick. Christopher Landon, helmer of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is set to direct. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you.
While Jason fans may be bummed that they’ll have to wait even longer to return to Crystal Lake, at least this means that producers will now have eight more months to make the first Friday the 13th film in over five years a memorable one. Also, maybe we’ll get lucky and get the TV series first. Seeing Mr. Voorhees hack up naughty teenagers on both the big and small screens in the same year would truly be a nightmare come true.