A strange thing happened recently. Hollywood decided they didn’t want to go through with another reboot of a movie from the 80s. But it wasn’t because they didn’t want to ruin childhoods again. It’s all about money. Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount has dropped plans for their Friday the 13th reboot.
The Friday the 13th reboot was to begin casting soon and was slated to start filming six weeks from now. THR’s sources don’t say the exact reason why Paramount has dumped the reboot, but they’re pretty sure it has something to do with a fear that it will bomb at the box office. Last weekend, Paramount released Rings, a follow up to The Ring and The Ring Two, which ended up being a huge bomb that currently has a score of 6% on Rotten Tomatoes. Paramount is most likely scared that another unnecessary horror franchise reboot will do the same. Really? The thirteenth film in a tired franchise that contains both Jason Takes Manhattan and the one where Jason goes to space might not be a cash cow? Huh, who would have guessed.
Paramount’s Friday the 13th reboot might not be officially done. A source close to the movie tells THR that the production “was not ready to go at this date.” It was scheduled to be released around Halloween of 2017. This isn’t the only movie that Paramount got cold feet over for this year. Paramount has slowed down plans to make a sequel to World War Z. Brad Pitt was signed on to return for World War Z 2, and it was originally planned to open in June 2017. But it got delayed after the film lost its director. Paramount decided to yank it off the 2017 schedule all together. An insider claims they’re hoping it can be released in 2018 or 2019.
This is no doubt very sad news for anyone who really wanted to see an updated version of Jason Voorhees. The last Friday the 13th reboot was released in 2009, and a lot has changed since then. You need a lot more than just a couple PG-13 boob shots to keep today’s teens interested. I was really looking forward to hearing the “ch-ch-ch ha-ha-ha” music set to a trap beat or seeing Jason use the puppy Snapchat filter over his mask.