‘Friday the 13th’ Movie Lands a Prestigious New Writer!

By December 3, 2015

This is the kind of news that is right up my alley and my ever loving horror heart is full of the warm and fuzzy. According to an exclusive report from Variety, the writer of the fantastic movie, Prisoners – Aaron Guzikowski – will be taking on Jason Voorhees and Friday the 13th. This really is one of the first times I’ve seen such a prestigious writer come on to a, somewhat, B-movie franchise. I say that with loving respect because Friday the 13th is one of my favorite horror franchises ever. Sure, they can be schlocky, cheap and not really scary, but its mythology has all the tools needed to change all that. With Guzikowski’s appointment, I have the utmost faith in the new movie.

So is it a reboot? A sequel to the reboot? Or will it just ignore everything and be a stand alone movie? Well, who knows; plot details are not given nor is there word on whether it’s a rebooted, reboot. Sad that rebooted-reboot is actually a thing nowadays in movies.

What might make fans a bit upset is that Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company are back again to take on the new movie. They were previously in charge of the franchise when the last movie came out back in 2009. I’m not really focusing on that detail, really. I keep thinking about a movie with Jason, his hockey mask, and his penchant for killing stupid teenagers – as told by the guy that filled me with such dread in Prisoners. 

Here’s Variety:

This will mark the 13th film in the franchise, with the most recent bowing in 2009 for New Line and Warner Bros. As part of the deal that allowed Warner Bros. to come on as co-producers on “Interstellar,” the studio traded the rights to “Friday the 13th” to Paramount, which is where Platinum Dunes also holds a first-look deal.

Love that it’s the ’13th’ movie in the franchise. Could this be a true omen that we’ll finally get a good Jason movie? At least one that scares rather than promotes eye rolling? Remains to be seen.

Having penned Prisoners, Guzikowski is also working on the remake of the Steve McQueen pic Papillon while also taking on another reboot of The Wolf Man for Universal. So Hollywood seems to like the guy and because of this, his past work, I couldn’t be happier with the direction Platinum Dunes is heading with this property. Color me excited.

No word yet on release date but I would imagine they’ll be aiming for a Friday, the 13th date. But for 2016 or 2017? Only time will tell.

So stick around and check back for more updates on all things Friday the 13th — right here on GeekNation.

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