If that headline has you wondering, “Wait, didn’t they just reboot the Friday the 13th franchise four years ago?”, you’re not crazy. In a property swap between Paramount and Warner Bros. earlier this year, the former studio picked up the full rights to the horror franchise in exchange for WB getting in on Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi pic, Interstellar. As Matt correctly prognosticated in his write-up, Paramount moved relatively quickly in launching another installment of Friday the 13th, which will be the thirteenth film in the series and will open on March 13, 2015. Hit the jump for more.
Successful R-rated horror films of late have been produced on micro-budgets and spun into lucrative franchises. As a point of comparison, the 2010 film Paranormal Activity 2 earned a global box office of $178 million on a budget of about $3 million, while the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot netted about $91 million worldwide on a $19 million budget. Not exactly a slouch, but when success is measured less by the total box office and more about the profit margin, the micro-budget format is the clear winner for movie studios.
There’s a chance that Paramount will borrow a bit of the modern horror movie formula as rumors suggest the use of “found footage” in the new reboot. (Shock Till You Drop’s Ryan Turek originally Tweeted about this possibility earlier this fall, which was reported by /Film.) Anything goes at this point, but at least now we’ve got a release date to set our sights on.
Here’s the release date announcement:
Paramount sets FRIDAY THE 13th for March 13, 2015. Not a sequel to the reboot, mind you, another reboot entirely.