INTERSTELLAR Cost Warner Bros. the Rights to FRIDAY THE 13TH and Half of a SOUTH PARK Movie

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Warner Bros. loves being in the Christopher Nolan business, and they didn’t want to miss out on his next film, the sci-fi pic Interstellar.  However, the movie was being made with Paramount.  In order to get in on the action, Warner Bros. has reportedly given up the rights to co-finance the next Friday the 13th picture and a portion a future South Park film.  Paramount will also get to co-finance a TBD A-list Warner Bros. property.  THR’s report doesn’t say if Paramount gets to choose the property, or if there will be negotiations (I can imagine an exec at Paramount calling WB every day and asking, “Soooo…making that new Batman movie yet?”).

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friday-the-13th-reboot-2009It’s important to note that a new Friday the 13th and a new South Park movie are not currently in active development.  I thought 2009′s Friday the 13th reboot was a perfectly good movie, and it did moderately well at the box office, but Warner Bros. decided to put Jason Voorhees away because according to producer Brad Fuller, studios aren’t interested in R-rated horror films and want tentpole films instead.  He’s not wrong.  Major studios don’t buy into the singles-and-doubles philosophy.  They want nothing but homeruns, and even though Friday the 13th is a franchise, it’s unlikely to ever break $100 million at the box office.  But it would still be nice if Paramount were willing to give the franchise new life.

As for South Park, I don’t think a new feature-film is likely.  While Trey Parker and Matt Stone have negotiated a new deal to only do 10 episodes a year, and to do them all at once (as opposed to their seven in the fall, seven in the spring deal), South Park has still been making movies.  They’re just not feature-length, and Imaginationland and the “Mysterion” trilogy of episodes show that Parker and Stone aren’t opposed to long-form storytelling on South Park.  They just seem to have no interest in bringing it to theaters (plus, South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut is a tough act to follow).

south-park-castHowever, THR says part of the reason neither of these films were pushed forward was because of rights issues between Warner Bros. and Paramount, which both had a stake in these properties.  Now that Warner Bros. has given up the rights to Friday the 13th and South Park, Paramount has more leeway to push for sequels.   This is in addition to getting a financing partner on Interstellar, which will likely require a giant budget.

But there is one catch: Paramount will only hold the rights to Friday the 13th and South Park for five years.  I can see another Friday the 13th happening in that time, but Parker and Stone have enough power to do what they want with South Park, and even if they’re interested, they have a 50-50 stake in the movies, soundtracks, digital rights, t-shirts, and all other merchandise.  It’s a great deal for Parker and Stone, but Paramount might be reluctant to go forward with a movie where they’ll see half of the profits go to the creators.




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  • Nathaniel Haywood

    Sounds like a shrewd deal for Warner Bros. I don’t see a lot happening with either of the properties they gave up, and anything with Nolan is a pretty good bet these days.

  • Still a fan

    Considering the last F13 was complete crap IMO, due to a lousy script and a lazy directorial effort, I’d be happy to see Jason get rebooted again under the guidance of someone that actually knows and understands horror movies.

  • Still a fan

    Considering the last F13 was complete crap IMO, due to a lousy script and a lazy directorial effort, I’d be happy to see Jason get rebooted again under the guidance of someone that actually knows and understands horror movies.

    • Jason Richards

      I highly doubt you’re going to see a good Friday the 13th movie any time soon regardless of studio. Unless they get someone that loves horror ala FeFe Alvarez with the Evil Dead remake, then you’re going to be dissapointed.

    • Jason Richards

      I highly doubt you’re going to see a good Friday the 13th movie any time soon regardless of studio. Unless they get someone that loves horror ala FeFe Alvarez with the Evil Dead remake, then you’re going to be dissapointed.

    • RiddleThemThis

      I actually really enjoyed the first 30 minutes-ish of the F13 reboot. I also liked how the film combined the first 3 films into 1, showing Mrs. Vorhees’ Death, Jason going around with the sack and then getting the hockey mask. Besides that there isn’t much to note on the film. While it wasn’t one of the best F13 films, I did think there are a lot worse (Jason Takes Manhattan).

      Either remake or sequel, i’ll be glad if they do make another friday the 13th, as long as its done right.

    • RiddleThemThis

      I actually really enjoyed the first 30 minutes-ish of the F13 reboot. I also liked how the film combined the first 3 films into 1, showing Mrs. Vorhees’ Death, Jason going around with the sack and then getting the hockey mask. Besides that there isn’t much to note on the film. While it wasn’t one of the best F13 films, I did think there are a lot worse (Jason Takes Manhattan).

      Either remake or sequel, i’ll be glad if they do make another friday the 13th, as long as its done right.

  • Jason Richards

    This is a pretty safe bet. Nolan’s films are pretty big worldwide and do fairly decent in America. Interstellar wont make Inception money mainly because it’s going against the next Hunger Games movie next year. But it will ultimately hundreds of millions of dollars and if it’s as good as it’s premise, it might make them even more money come awards season.

    • varagor

      Won’t make Inception money? Interstellar stars some of the hottest actors on the planet, and a rare case of a director who’s work is well known to the general public. I think they have a decent shot.

      • varagor

        Sorry for the typos.

        “…and has a rare case…”

        Who’s –> whose

      • Jason Richards

        Yea, but Hunger games is esentially this decades Harry Potter. I believe Interstellar can sell tickets its first week, but can they beat Hunger Games head to head? Idk. I will probably see Interstellar, but will teenage girls and little kids see it against Hunger Games? Probably not.

      • Riddick

        No worries, Interstellar will have 2 weekends before Catching Fire arrives, more than enough time to rake in millions.

      • Riddick

        Sorry I meant Mockingjay Part 1

  • Bloost

    The last F13 was horrible and a disgrace to the original classic.

  • Bloost

    The last F13 was horrible and a disgrace to the original classic.

  • scottish_punk

    Never did I think I’d see Christopher Nolan and Friday the 13th mentioned in an article together, in any context.

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  • Littertray

    Simple solution. Make Friday the 13th with South Park characters. Now that film would do good box office andthe songs would be a riot.

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