One of the biggest disappointments of 2017 was that a planned reboot of Friday the 13th was scrapped mere weeks before the production was set to go before cameras. Since then, the popular horror franchise has been embroiled in a lawsuit with original Friday scribe Victor Miller; simultaneously, the rights are reverting from Paramount back to New Line at some point this year.
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It’s a recipe for disaster, and producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form recently lamented in an extensive interview with Arrow in the Head. The full interview hits next week, but we’ve got an excerpt to share.
Per Arrow in the Head:
Brad Fuller: One of the biggest heartbreaks of the last couple years was that we were about to make that movie and it fell apart. That still hurts. The fans reach out to us; Andrew doesn’t really engage because he’s not on Twitter, but I am and I hear from the fans and that’s all they ask about. We get asked about that more than anything else. Fans think it’s so simple, that if we want to make the movie we can go make it, and that’s just not the case. There are rights issues; originally, Warner Bros. owned the rights, then Paramount had them for a couple of years, and now I think the rights are reverting back to Warner Bros. At the same time, there’s this on-going lawsuit with Victor Miller. If there’s a lawsuit hanging over the rights, it’s problematic, you can’t really make the movie until that gets settled. And now the movie is at New Line, and we’ve made a lot of movies with those guys, but that’s not our home studio anymore. So the question is, do they want to make the movie with us? If they want to make that movie with us, we will drop what we’re doing to make that movie. We had such a great experience making Friday the 13th, it was a dream come true to watch those movies as a kid and then be a part of it. So I don’t really have a clear answer.
Andrew Form: That one still hurts every day. We were a couple of weeks from filming on that one, Guzikowski wrote an unbelievable script, we found the camp… That one still hurts.
We feel the pain.