The success of Andy Muschietti’s IT is having ripple-effects that could reinvigorate the horror genre in a big way. Last February, Paramount Pictures abruptly halted plans to produce a Friday the 13th reboot just months before the film was slated to go into production. Their cold feet means the studio will lose the rights to the property; in 2018, Friday the 13th will belong to Warner Bros & New Line—the same studios behind the mega-success of IT.
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We’re already getting word that the wheels are turning on another Friday the 13th Reboot with a target release date of November 13th, 2020; this will coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the original Friday the 13th (released in 1980 and directed by Sean S. Cunningham).
It looks like WB/New Line made out like bandits in their deal with Paramount Pictures that saw them offered up the rights to Friday the 13th and, in turn, receive a chunk of the movie Interstellar. See, Paramount was unable to execute a Friday the 13th film in the allotted time (five years), which means that come 2018 the rights go back to WB/New Line and the wheels are already in motion for when Jason returns.
As of this time, it is unknown if Platinum Dunes will have any involvement in the upcoming film, but it’s looking like they nor Paramount will have anything to do with the project.
Obviously, there’s a lot of time between now and then, but we could be on the verge of a bona fide Horror Renaissance. Warner Bros & New Line also own the rights to A Nightmare on Elm Street, meaning they could potentially be sitting on a genre gold mine.
Check out the trailer and synopsis for IT below.
Official Synopsis: When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, neighborhood kids band together to square off against Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), an evil clown whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
In addition to Skarsgård and Jacobs, IT stars Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, and Nicholas Hamilton.