Not surprisingly the long-discussed-constantly-in-development sequel-remake in the Friday the 13th franchise has been bumped again. It also appears that it has lost writer Nick Antosca (Hannibal). According to the latest scuttlebutt, the Hannibal scribe has departed the project and Paramount is taking pitches from other screenwriters. As such, the release date has moved from May 13, 2016 to a 2017 date. Antosca was developing a concept that would have seen the film set in the ’80s but that idea will most likely be abandoned as the studio attempts to lock in a new writer. According to Antosca, this installment will not be a sequel to the 2009 reboot but we’ll see where the cards fall, if they ever fall.
Prior to Antosca, a draft of the script was penned by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg. David Bruckner (The Signal) has been tapped to direct. At this point, it is unclear if he is still on board. The new installment is appropriately poised to release theatrically January 13, 2017.
It was speculated a while back that Jason would not be in the new Friday the 13th film but that allegation is false. There was another round of rumors that suggested that the new film would be found footage. And even though some outlets continue to report that tidbit, it has been repeatedly refuted. Rest assured that we will keep you in the loop as we learn more about the forthcoming installment in the rebooted Friday the 13th franchise!