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Platinum Dunes Will Attempt To Reboot The ‘Friday The 13th’ Horror Series For A Second Time

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by Edward Davis
April 15, 2014 5:37 PM
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Friday The 13th

If at first you don’t succeed…

There have been twelve films in the “Friday The 13th” franchise thus far. You know what Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes horror shingle did in 2009? They acquired rights to the series (like they have with horror franchises “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “The Hitcher”) and basically hit reset, rebooting the series with “Friday The 13th” directed by Bay-reboot favorite Marcus Nispel (who helmed the “Conan the Barbarian” reboot for Millennium).

What are they doing in 2014? A rebooting “Friday The 13th” yet again because their first attempt only grossed $65 million domestically with a worldwide gross of $91 million. Apparently that figure off a $19 million budget was just not enough profit. And so David Bruckner, who wrote and directed the “Amateur Night” segment of “V/H/S,” is in negotiations to direct, according to The Wrap. And it’s already dated for Friday, March 13, 2015.

Evidently Nispel’s version didn’t merit a sequel, so they’re starting over. What does that mean? Nothing. Cute and annoying teenagers will be killed all over again in various gruesome ways at Camp Crystal. It’s possible Bruckner, who previously co-wrote and co-directed the 2007 horror film “The Signal,” may go found-footage, which is always a convenient way to make an even cheaper horror movie that connects with audiences these days, but geez, $19 million for a Jason Voorhees movie wasn’t cheap enough?

Apparently not. Found-footage budgets are in the $1-2 million range these days, maybe $3 million, cause who needs good lighting or production values to watch a guy in hockey mask chop up insufferable millennials? I’d ask who exactly this tired film is for, but there will always be teenagers out there looking for a fright. Best of luck. See you again for the 2018 reboot.

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5 Comments

  • Jeremy | April 18, 2014 7:40 PMReply

    Ugh, another reboot. Let's just say - NO!

  • James S. | April 16, 2014 3:43 PMReply

    The 2009 Friday "reboot" was terrible, and a found-footage re-re-boot will be even worse. Platinum Dunes and Paramount will never, ever understand that in order to truly revitalize this series, they need to go back to its origins -- to the first movie. They need to go back to whatever it was that made Friday the 13th so creepy and atmospheric in the first place, and perhaps tap into that mystery that caused people to line up in droves at theaters across the country. But it will never happen.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | April 16, 2014 3:46 AMReply

    Even though I know full well it doesn't even touch Hooper's original, I actually liked the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. It was a functional, if nothing else, remake that was entertaining at some points. Unlike it's prequel, which managed to strip out what little soul was there to begin with.

    I didn't get that same vibe from the Friday the 13th remake though.

    Handing it off to Bruckner to re-do a re-do seems like nothing good will come of it.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | April 16, 2014 3:47 AM

    "its prequel" - not it is... sure wished there was an edit function on this blog's comment system.

  • Wow | April 15, 2014 6:56 PMReply

    Two reboots in a row?
    ...

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