Oh where oh where has Jason Voorhees gone, oh where oh where can he be? It’s been almost ten years since Friday the 13th fans have seen a new installment in the franchise, which is pretty crazy considering the 2009 reboot reportedly cost a modest $19 million and went on to gross a cool $91 million at the worldwide box office. So what happened?
You may remember that the folks at Platinum Dunes were developing a new take on the material at Paramount for a few years after the studio landed the rights in 2013. There were a few false starts along the way, including a version that was set to be directed by The Signal helmer David Bruckner. Ultimately, the studio brought in Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski and The Crazies director Breck Eisner, and that version of the film was only weeks away from filming when Paramount pulled the plug. Again, what happened?
Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been making the press round for their upcoming horror A Quiet Place and they’ve offered up some new insight about how that film fell apart and what’s in store for the future of Friday the 13th.
Speaking with Rooster Teeth, Fuller explained that the film’s abrupt cancellation came from the Studio’s administration, who didn’t have much love to spare for horror.
“We never got a clear answer from Paramount as to why that movie got shut down. I think at the end of the day that administration, which is no longer there, didn’t see horror as a viable part of what they were doing. Also they were coming off of Rings and that didn’t help.
For studio heads who are not fans of horror there’s not a tremendous amount of glory in it other than the financial. A lot of these studios want to make big movies with big movie stars and that administration could never get excited about it. I think the rights now have reverted back to New Line.”