First off, any fool in charge of producing the 13th film in the Friday the 13th franchise should’ve had it all set up to release said 13th film in 2013.
WHY DIDN’T THIS HAPPEN???
Latest news seems to suggest the film has been pushed back from its mooted February-then-November 2015 release date to May 13th, 2016: SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE LAST FILM.
Christ alive, producer folks, between 1980 and 1987 they pretty much churned out one a year on a squillionth of the resources available today.
Here’s a rundown of what’s been going on (apparently):
Key: Good news Bad news News I don’t care about either way
- It’s a sequel, a logical follow up to the 2009 reboot.
- It’ll be a supernatural found-footage film. Possibly without Jason. Fans are ‘unhappy’ about this.
- It’ll be in 3D. Whatever, everything else is. This means the FF angle will likely be dropped. Fans go “Yay!”
- It’s now called Friday the 13th. It’s no longer a sequel, but another reboot, making it the third film in the series with that name.
- It’ll be out in 2010.
- No, 2012.
- Oops, November 2014.
- OK, February 2015.
- Paramount have got the franchise back from Platinum Dunes.
- It’ll be a TV series instead/aswell.
- It will be set at Camp Crystal Lake.
- David Bruckner, who helmed an at best okay segment of the mostly disappointing V/H/S, is directing it.
- Jason might get his own Doc Loomis. Tommy Jarvis, perhaps?
Seems that nobody over at Crystal Lake has much of a clue what’s going on… Slasher films are in a rut at present so that goes some way to explaining why nobody’s super keen on rolling the dice. Remakes aside, what was the last big screen killer-with-a-knife film that left a significant impression, Scream 4? You’re Next?
As the movie business is run by an Excel spreadsheet which doesn’t have a column for ‘what movie fans care about’, I’d say it’s likely we don’t see Jason return in any formidable way for awhile, and even if this new film miraculously gets off the ground in the next couple of years, what are the odds there’ll be anybody smart enough at the production house to revisit the churn-out method that seemed to work so well in the 80s. Hell, there was a new Saw movie every Halloween not that long ago. It can be done.
Whatever method Jason is sent back to the screen in (like some poor war orphan packed off back to Hollywood), I know I’ll be there waving my little hockey mask flag.