We broke Horror Freaks’ hearts worldwide yesterday when we first announced that Paramount had pulled Friday the 13th from its release schedule. We had previously been told that the next installment of the long-running franchise, which was being produced by Platinum Dunes targeting an October release date, planned to start shooting this spring in Conyers, Georgia.
Yesterday’s announcement left questions unanswered, namely whether this action signals a postponement—or something much dire. Well, brace yourselves Friday fans, because the news couldn’t get much worse: THR got the exclusive that the entire production has been shut done. It’s over.
With just less than six weeks go to before the start of principal photography, Paramount had shut down the latest iteration of Friday the 13th, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
While no official reason has been given, there’s a theory it has to do with Rings. No, seriously!
The exact reason for the move is unclear, although one factor could be the poor performance of the studio’s horror movie, Rings. That pic, which like Friday the 13th was to have restarted a horror franchise, cost $25 million and bowed to $13 million over the weekend. Sources say that execs quickly began second-guessing Friday the 13th, believing it would have chased the same audience, although others point out that the project is on the opposite spectrum of the horror scale.
I personally enjoyed Rings (check out my review HERE), and think this kind of reasoning is short-sighted. Plus, I think most people would agree, excitement for another Friday film is much hotter than it ever was The Ring sequel. Big mistake; huge disappointment.
What do you think, horror fans? Is it for the best or are you disappointed? What do you think of the theory the project’s cancellation has to do with disappointment over Rings? Let’s discuss in the Comments section.
Official Synopsis: “A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a “movie within the movie” that no one has ever seen before.”
Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez from a script penned by Jacob Aaron Estes. The film stars Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Laura Wiggins, and Aimee Teegarden.