The last time Jason Voorhees terrified the poor simpletons that still go to Crystal Lake for whatever reason, the year was 2009, and the franchise was getting a slick modern reboot courtesy of the master horror franchise rebooters at Platinum Dunes. Seven years later though, it seems as though the Voorhees murder factory has stalled, and production on a new Friday the 13th has continually been pushed back, again and again. But is there progress now? Will the announcement that a serious and experienced director has been signed to the project get the blood flowing on the next Friday? Paramount Pictures is hoping so.
According to Deadline, Breck Eisner will helm the new Friday the 13th movie with Michael Bay and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes remaining on as producers. Eisner’s resume began with his feature film directorial debut, the misfire Sahara based on Clive Cussler’s novel of the same name, but he redeemed himself next with the decent remake of George A. Romero’s The Crazies. He also made last year’s Vin Diesel vehicle The Last Witch Hunter, and he directed the first two episodes of SyFy’s The Expanse. Sure, it’s all hit-and-miss, but actually, it’s kind of hard to think of another Friday the 13th director coming on board the project with a more accomplished C.V.
As for the plot of the new film, Fuller previously described it as “origin-ish” saying, “it’s an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela’s [Voorhees, Jason’s mother] there, but it’s a little bit different from what you’ve seen before.” What that means, and whether or not Eisner’s going to keep that plot or try for something else, is still to be determined. As for release date, there are two Friday the 13th’s up for grabs in 2017 in January and October; it might be too soon to get this project going for January, but releasing this a few Fridays before Halloween will be too sweet for the studio to ignore.
We’ll have more news about Friday the 13th as it becomes available.