The Friday the 13th film franchise started in 1980 after industry experts and filmmakers noticed that there was an opportunity to create a money-making horror franchise trend after Halloween in 1978 was highly successful. A Nightmare on Elm Street is another example of the trend.
PR Newswire reported that for those raised in the 80’s or 90’s, the running joke was that Hollywood would milk these franchises with characters that never die and they would continue to successful even if only as B-flicks that fans would see new films every couple of years for the rest of their lives.
News this week has turned that joke into reality. Hoping to cash in yet again on the franchise’s success, Paramount, who took back the rights from Warner Bros. last year, has approved a reboot of the Friday the 13th original film with a tentative release day of May 13, 2016. Although not part of the original series, the reboot will be the 13th film in a franchise that has earned a total of $465,239,523 in worldwide box office sales alone; not to mention millions more in merchandise and home release Laserdisc, VHS, DVD and Blu-ray sales.
Hannibal writer Nick Antosca has been tapped to write the script. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing the film. David Bruckner has been chosen to direct it and Platinum Dunes will also be involved with the production.