Just what in the world is going on with the new Friday the 13th flick? We don’t really know, as it seems Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes are scratching their heads on this one.
Recently it looked as though David Bruckner would direct from a screenplay written by Nick Antosca. Antosca and Bruckner had been very vocal about taking the franchise back to the 1980s. And that idea sounded excellent, as through all the sequels, crossovers and reboots, we haven’t yet traveled back in time (we’ve leapt forward) to the heyday of Jason Voorhees. It could have worked wonderfully, and really appealed to fans who favor the first few franchise films over the direction the series has taken over the last decade or so.
Apparently Paramount execs aren’t keen on the idea of a little time travel. These guys want yet another modern take.
We know, bummer!
Eventually both Antosca and Bruckner were detached from the project. However, Paramount has made it known that they’re still interested in seeing Bruckner direct the film (as are we). Paramount felt it wouldn’t be too fair to Bruckner to have him arrange his business schedule around the project as they’re now essentially starting from scratch. So the good news is, Bruckner could still direct. For the time being he’s out, but he’s still a front runner for the gig.
While the talented Antosca is out, Paramount has recruited a fine replacement. Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband, Prisoners) is now on deck to pen the new script. Unfortunately, given the recent changes we have absolutely no plot information to share with you. This one is moving forward from step one, all over again. Here’s hoping Guzikowski comes up with some scintillating stuff!
Originally tapped to arrive in 2016, the film has now been pushed back to January 13, 2017.