Friday The 13th Sequel-Reboot Delayed Until 2015

By Mike Reyes 2014-05-31 14:34:16discussion comments
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Friday The 13th, much like Jason Voorhees himself, is something that just won't die. With twelve films already in the can, and a thirteenth on the way, the menace of Crystal Lake just won't stay dead for long before he's back on our screens again. 2015 will see the return of the ultimate mamma's boy, and for a while it looked like we were going to be seeing him in an atypical March release date. Thankfully, Paramount has revised their calendar, and a switch has been made.

Coming Soon reports that the David Bruckner directed film will now be opening on November 13th, 2015. Now we'd heard whispers that this version of Friday The 13th was not only going to be a total reboot that ignores the 2009 Marcus Nispel version, but that it was also going to be a found footage movie. Whether that's still in play or not is up in the air, but for once I see the format working as a breath of fresh air instead of an overplayed gimmick. Some really well played found footage tropes are just what a lumbering, hulking menace like Jason needs to keep his image at its scariest.

For you horror fans who could go for this sort of thing all year, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Paramount has seen it fit to move Scouts vs. Zombies into the March 13th, 2015 slot in the place of Friday The 13th. Directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), this film stars David Koechner, Cloris Leachman, and Tye Sheridan, and involves a boy scout troop that find themselves as the last line of defense between their town and the living dead. There's even fewer details with this project, but I'd say we'll hear more about Scouts vs. Zombies by August. Why August? Because Paramount has the high profile release of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coming out. Though judging by the casting, and a general hunch on what type of audience they'll be looking to aim this film at, we're probably looking at a PG-13 horror/comedy.

Friday The 13th deserves to be a fall release, but I still have the feeling this should be an October release. October 9th is wide open for a horror movie, with that being the only weekend that's not scheduled for a dose of fright. Yes, November affords them an actual release date that mimics the title of the film, but by that point we've moved onto fall tentpole season and past prime horror country. While people might still have Halloween candy lying around by the middle of November, Bond 24, Peanuts, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 are going to dominate the theaters and usher in those pre-holiday season feelings.

Scouts vs. Zombies will set up camp on March 13th, 2015; while Friday The 13th will open eight months later on November 13th.
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