The new Friday the 13th movie took yet another step back in January when Paramount nixed the November 2015 release and gave it the May 2016 spot instead, but hopefully that date will stick now that Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller have tapped Nick Antosca to pen a new draft of the script. Antosca has written for Teen Wolf, Last Resort and Believe, none of which really scream, “This guy would be perfect for Friday the 13th,” but he did pen the script for an upcoming horror movie called The Forest. The film has Natalie Dormer and Michiel Huisman attached, and also already has distribution, so hopefully that’s a sign Antosca can deliver.
David Bruckner, the guy behind “Amateur Night” in V/H/S, is set to direct the film, which, according to THR, “is expected to employ the found-footage technique and answer the decades-old question of why slasher Jason Voorhees can’t be killed.” While the note about exploring Jason’s apparent immortality is accurate, Fuller already stated that the film “will not follow the found-footage trend” nor move forward with an ultra low budget. Instead, the new Friday the 13th will find itself somewhere between the 2009 film’s $20 million price tag and the $3/4 million it took to make The Purge.
Back when Fuller made these statements, he also noted that he planned to shoot the Friday the 13th movie at the end of the summer, which really isn’t that far off. Hopefully Antosca finally hands in a winner so that the project doesn’t get pushed back further.