It's been eight years since Jason last menaced the big screen, and while there were talks of bringing the "Friday the 13th" franchise to television, The CW eventually passed on the project. However, it appears as if plans are finally moving forward with the long-awaited movie reboot.
With a screenplay by Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners"), "Friday the 13th" is reportedly now and preproduction, with filming set to begin in March. The news comes courtesy of a franchise fan site, and confirmed by an Atlanta photographer earlier this week:
So... someone a long time ago asked about Friday the 13th. It starts in March and will be around Conyers through May.
— Atlanta Filming (@AtlantaFilming) January 23, 2017
Director Marcus Nispel ("Conan the Barbarian," "Pathfinder") attempted to reboot the decades-old franchise in 2009 with a cast that included Jared Padalecki ("Supernatural") and Danielle Panabaker ("The Flash"). That film, while far from a critical darling, went on to earn $91 million worldwide. Although technically a success, as "Friday the 13th" boasted a production budget of just $19 million, the franchise seemed to come to a screeching halt.
Now, eight years later, Jason is set to slash his way to the big screen again. As previously reported, the reboot will tell the origin of Jason Voorhees, and will also bring back the character's mother Pamela, whom fans will recall was revealed to be the killer in the first "Friday the 13th" movie. As of now, no cast has been revealed for this reboot. However, that should change as we inch closer to the film's March start.
David Bruckner (“V/H/S”) is set to direct from a screenplay by Guzikowski.
(via Screen Rant)