It seems like Jason just got a taste of his own homicidal medicine. Just weeks before production was about to kick-off, it looks like Paramount is axing its Friday the 13th reboot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has opted to quietly kill the project shortly after it was announced that the film lost its release date.
So far, reports have surfaced that creators involved with the project received a notice about the film's cut. Platinum Dunes, a production company for the film, was reportedly notified along with director Breck Eisner. At this point, the movie was only in pre-production and had not been fully cast yet.
At this point, there's no clear reasoning for the franchise's axing, but the factors likely come down to box office concerns. Given the poor outcome of Rings, it seems likely that Paramount would want to revise their horror strategies for future flicks to prevent any bombs. Right now, Rings has only grossed $13 million of its total $25 million budget, and reviews have been mixed to say at the least.
According to THR, sources began to question whether a Friday the 13th reboot was a smart fiscal move given the flop Rings experienced. The site also reported that a source said the movie was simply "not ready to go at this date."
Earlier today, reports surfaced that both Friday the 13th and World War Z 2 had just lost their release dates. Variety posted a piece saying that the zombie flick was pushed back from June and not given a follow-up date. As for Friday the 13th, the project's date was slashed as well without any update on recourse. Now, it looks like fans know what happened to the project, and it doesn't look good.
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So, what do you think? Are you bummed about the reboot being tossed out? Which horror franchises would you want to see redone? Let us know in the comments below!0comments