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It's been almost eight years since the machete wielding, hockey mask wearing slasher known as Jason Voorhees stalked horny teens at Camp Crystal Lake, and that's far too long if you ask us. The Friday the 13th franchise is one of those horror series that's always a great time, even when the series goes off the rails and does something crazy -- like send Jason into space. With so much iconography behind it and so much fan enthusiasm for a new movie, we've waited anxiously for the next Friday the 13th to hit theaters. Sadly, it now looks like we will have to wait quite a bit longer than expected.
According to a brand new report from Comingsoon.net, it appears that the latest installment in the Friday the 13th series has once again experienced another delay. Although we had previously reported that the next chapter in Jason's iconic rampage against teen sex would hit theaters in January 2017, it now seems that Paramount has pushed the film to an October 13, 2017 release. In addition to this announcement, Paramount has also admitted that it will push the release of the latest The Ring sequel, Rings, from this October to February 2017. No specific rationale was provided for the decision to move these releases, but Paramount is expected to take a serious financial hit within the next year, so perhaps it was just the result of them going back to the drawing board.
Of course, we should note that the change in release date makes far more sense from a marketing standpoint. Although we really want to see the next Friday the 13th movie, an October release date coinciding with the Halloween season seems like a smarter call. Audiences will already have horror on the mind during that particular time of the year, and releasing a new installment in an iconic slasher franchise will feel far more relevant in October than January.
Despite the decision to delay the next entry in the Friday the 13th franchise, it still sounds like it will be well worth the wait. Although Jason's origin has most certainly been done before, it appears that the next Friday the 13th will offer an entirely new take on this well-worn narrative. Not only will Jason's mother, Pamela (the killer from the original film) return, but we will also receive far more insight into the psychotic killer's father. With The Crazies director Breck Eisner on board, as well as Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski, there's far more Hollywood prestige attached to this particular incarnation of the Friday the 13th franchise than we would expect from most other contemporary slasher films.
CinemaBlend will bring you all of the latest, greatest, and generally goriest news related to Jason Voorhees' latest resurrection as more grisly information becomes available to us. The newest installment in the Friday the 13th franchise will hack and slash its way into theaters on October 13, 2017.