New ‘Friday the 13th’ Film Arriving in 2015

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2015 is shaping up to be a major year of franchise releases. That year is already set to be headlined by major summer superhero releases Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs. Superman; not to mention, Star Wars: Episode VII will be arriving in December (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to that year’s blockbuster slate).

However, among all these heroic adventures, the horror genre has been noticeably absent from the 2015 slate, with Fox’s Frankenstein reboot and Insidious: Chapter 3 as the genre’s only scheduled major releases. That looks like it’s about to change, as a modern horror icon is swooping in with a new film of his own.

Paramount has settled on March 13, 2015 as the release date for the latest entry in the long-running Friday the 13th franchise. Incredibly (Appropriately?), the film will mark the 13th big-screen appearance for hockey-masked slasher Jason Voorhees.

No official title, cast or crew has been announced, though Platinum Dunes – the Michael Bay led production company behind the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot as well as other updates to horror classics – will be producing.

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The news of another Friday the 13th film is, of course, not really surprising. After all, the reboot was a solid box office hit (earning over $91 million worldwide against a $19 million production budget), and a sequel entered development soon thereafter at Warner Bros. Ultimately, the studio relinquished the screen rights to the Friday the 13th franchise, which fell back into Paramount’s hands as part of a deal that includes Warner Bros.’ co-production on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film, Interstellar.

That being said, it’s still unclear how closely the new Friday the 13th film will tie into the narrative of its predecessor (or if stars Jared Padalecki and Amanda Righetti will reprise their roles). Considering Platinum Dunes’ involvement, it’s possible that Paramount will position this new project as a follow-up to the reboot regardless.

There’s also the lingering notion that this new Friday the 13th may, in fact, employ the ever-popular found footage approach to tell its story. In the past few years, nearly every genre has tried this technique – most notably used by the Paranormal Activity series – but it seems particularly fitting for Friday the 13th. The found footage craze truly originated with 1999 indie The Blair Witch Project, so it’s not much of a stretch to send Jason chasing after teens who just so happen to have a camera on them in the woods.

Are you excited that another Friday the 13th is finally on its way, and does the rumored found footage approach sound like a good fit? Let us know in the comments.

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The untitled Friday the 13th sequel will hit theaters on March 13, 2015.

Source: Paramount

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  1. If it is a found footage film im not seeing it, why change one of the best horror franchises now

  2. The found footage Genre was around well before The Blair Witch Project transformed the genre into being about churning out the crappiest, cheapest, most devoid of plot character or writing films as fast as possible. The genre was first introduced with the 1980 exploitation classic Cannibal Holocaust which was then followed by 1989′s UFO Abduction,1989′s 84C MoPic, 1993′s Man Bites Dog, 1995′s Forgotten Silver, 1998′s Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County, and (the film that Blair Witch Project blatantly ripped off)1998′s The Last Broadcast. At best The Blair Witch Project is the 8th found footage film, only really notable due to virtually the entirety of it’s budget being spent on ad campaigns that were far more interesting and entertaining then the actual film. They showed studios that they could create films for less then a tenth of the cost of an actual film, hire craigslist ad found “talent” and use a cocktail napkin for the script and people will see it as long as it’s marketed as “real” It’s also important to note that the popularity of these films where the studios are concerned coincides perfectly with the long running writers strike in Hollywood.

    • cannibal halocaust is the only found footage film to get it right in my minds eyes, because it got the director jailed for ten years, i own two copies, the hand-made limited edition and the first printing of the dvd 2005, camera cover-art.

      i will NOT watch another “found footage” film, because the formula is matrix tricky and often does NOT work.

      if the next friday the 13th film does go back to 80′s formula, i will skip it. i did not see friday the 13th 2009 in theaters due to obvious rules. L.O.T.D. was the very last horror film i saw in theaters and i was not sober when i saw it in ca, san diego, no booze either.

      please NLC give us jason fans(whom love them) an 80′s styled jason film?