Even after it’s shocking 80% drop following a record breaking opening weekend, New Line Cinema already has Platinum Dunes thinking about Jason Voorhees’ return from the dead. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote the recently released the Friday the 13th reboot, have already started working on a script for a new picture. Read on for more details.
“Unlike the sophomore efforts of other franchises, the new “Friday” is expected to be not a sequel so much as a follow-up, those familiar with the project say,” reorts Risky Business Blog “Jason Voorhees will be the villain, of course, but the new picture is expected to use elements of the original franchise more as a jumping-off point than as a template.
The reason? The reboot drew from the first four pictures in the “Friday” series, and producers are said not to be keen on the plot elements of the half-dozen movies that followed. And Marcus Nispel, who directed the latest film, is a possible but unlikely candidate to helm the “Friday” follow-up; the director is believed to be fielding offers for movies across other genres.”
We’re being told that there will almost definitely be a new director at the helm, which I’m OK with. I think they need to really find a way to make this franchise FEEL more like a Friday the 13th movie and not a Texas Chainsaw Massacre flick.
“The wild cards are stars Jared Padalecki and Amanda Righetti; though both survive in the latest film and are considered rising young stars, they also are on hit TV shows (“Supernatural” and “The Mentalist,” respectively) and their schedules could be too packed.”
An interesting thought I had was – what if the end of the film is actually a dream in an homage to the original Friday? This could set up an interesting opening for the sequel…
“Insiders caution that there is no green light and Platinum Dunes and New Line are actively working together on another franchise reboot, “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” which is set to start shooting in two months.
Still, the “Friday” property is a desirable one, and in a best-case scenario the next film could be ready as early as the second half of 2010.”
We’re being told August 13, 2010 is the likely date, not that it’s obvious or anything…
“The first reboot, which brought a group of attractive young victims nack to get slashed at Camp Crystal Lake, was one of the surprise hits of the winter, earning $70 million worldwide. New Line and Paramount split domestic and international rights on the recent release and likely would do so again on a new picture.“