The long-discussed-constantly-in-development sequel-remake in the Friday the 13th franchise has lost its director (David Bruckner) and is nearing the addition of a new scribe. Head inside for all the details.
TheWrap has learned that David Bruckner is currently not attached to direct the film. He is still the studio’s first choice to helm when the project finally gets off the ground but he is no longer attached in any official capacity. The studio has expressed that it would be unfair to retain him with the production start date still so far away. The site has also learned that Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) is very close to inking a deal to pen the latest draft of the screenplay.
Last we had heard, writer Nick Antosca (Hannibal) had departed the project and Paramount was taking pitches from other screenwriters. And the release date had accordingly moved from May 13, 2016 to a January 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. 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. 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. But that 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!