It's been in the works for six years and retreats to new release dates seemingly every time the calendar draws near, however, the new Friday the 13th movie is very much alive and on its way back to the big screen, as the project has now added a new writer to its ranks, one who helped scribe the upcoming third season of NBC's Hannibal.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Nick Antosca (Hannibal Season 3, Believe) has been set to scribe a fresh draft of the new Friday the 13th movie for Paramount and Platinum Dunes. A prior draft was penned by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg (upcoming The Autopsy of Jane Doe).
Slated for a May 13th, 2016 release, the next Friday the 13th film will be directed by David Bruckner (The Signal, "Amateur Night" segment of V/H/S). Though THR states the film is "expected to employ the found-footage technique and answer the decades-old question of why slasher Jason Voorhees can't be killed", Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller revealed last month in an interview with Esquire that the film will not be shot found-footage style. He did, however, express interest in Jason's supposed immortality (and he also revealed the new movie will be shot at a summer camp):
"There's always been this supernatural aspect to these movies. It defies logic that, you see Jason get killed in every movie, including ours, the 2009 one. And then he comes back and no one's ever really investigated what that is. So that's something that I think about a little bit. Like it is supernatural, but what is he? Those are the things that we're toying with. Nothing has been decided. But those type of things: How does he always come back?"
Antosca, who is also an accomplished novelist with five books under his belt, recently scribed the screenplay for the in-development film, The Forest, set in Japan's Aokigahara Forest, aka Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees (also the setting for Syfy's 2013 film, Grave Halloween). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the new Friday the 13th movie.
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