It’s a sad day for horror fans, as Paramount Pictures has officially pulled the plug on the long-gestating “Friday the 13th” reboot, in addition to having removed the “World War Z” sequel from its schedule (via The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline).
Planned as a reboot of the franchise, the (oh so fitting) 13th film in the “Friday the 13th” franchise was set for an October 13, 2017 release. Over the course of its development, the vision for the film varied, going through several phases, including an ill-fated POV/home video take, much like “Paranormal Activity” or “The Blair Witch Project.” Strangely enough, the film entered production when Warner Bros. sold the rights to Paramount in exchange for the next two Christopher Nolan films. In addition to “Friday the 13th,” Paramount had been granted with the rights to a new big-screen adaptation of “South Park.”
“World War Z 2” was originally slated for June 9, 2017 — Paramount has not given the Brad Pitt-led sequel another date. The studio has yet to provide a reason for the removal, but the report speculates it has something to do with Pitt’s schedule. Not much has been revealed about the film since its announcement, but rumors suggest the sequel would follow storylines from Max Brooks’ novel that were not included in the original film.
In place of “Friday the 13th,” the Jennifer Lawrence/Michelle Pfeiffer-led “mother!” will release on October 13, 2017. Also starring Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson, the film’s logline reads: “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”
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