Not only is a Friday the 13th TV show in the works, but Paramount is also developing a reboot of Friday the 13th for the big screen, having acquired the rights from Warner Bros., who produced the 2009 slasher film of the same name (also a reboot, as it so happens).
At the same time, Paramount is working on bringing Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki’s Scouts vs. Zombies (originally titled Boy Scouts vs. Zombies) to life. These two horror films now have new official release dates. While neither movie will be in theaters for Halloween in 2015, both will be released, perhaps unsurprisingly in the case of Friday, on a Friday the 13th.
Paramount revealed that Friday the 13th will be pushed back 8 months from its previous release to a later date in 2015, giving the film’s original March release to Scouts vs. Zombies. Now Friday the 13th will premiere November 13th, 2015 and Scouts vs. Zombies will premiere on March 13th, 2015.
Scouts vs. Zombies has been stuck in development since 2011 when Paramount bought the rights from Evans and Mochizuki after their screenplay ended up on the 2010 Black List of the best unproduced scripts. The story follows three boy scouts who defend their town from a zombie outbreak on the eve of their last camp out.
Etan Cohen (Men in Black 3) was originally set to direct, but only ended up rewriting the script with Lona Williams (Shark Tale). Experienced in horror, Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones), instead directed the project.
While Scouts vs. Zombies seems to be pretty far along in production, little is known for sure about Paramount’s new incarnation of Friday the 13th.
Rumors about the upcoming slasher flick include director David Bruckner (V/H/S) helming the project - which makes sense given speculation that it could be a found footage film - as well as a possible no show from Jason Voorhees, the franchise’s main villain.
Since most aspects of the remake horror film are still up in the air, this could account for the extra 8 months from Paramount. The early 2015 date for Scouts vs. Zombies should be good news to fans who will have been waiting close to 5 years for the film to be produced and released.
Scouts vs. Zombies hits theaters on March 13th, 2015; Friday the 13th slashes into theaters November 13th, 2015.