Fans of Jason Voorhees and a murderous video tape will have to wait a bit longer before new versions of these horror staples will hit theaters. Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has pushed its long-awaited Friday the 13th reboot from May 13, 2016 to January 13, 2017, and has dated The Ring sequel Rings for release on April 1, 2016. Last month, the studio pushed Rings out of its November 13, 2015 release date into an unspecified 2016 slot, which has now been revealed as April Fools Day of next year.
Today's news marks the third time Paramount has pushed Friday the 13th, which had been originally set for release on March 13, 2015, way back in 2013. The reboot was later pushed to November 13, 2015, and then to May 13, 2016, before landing on its new January 13, 2017 release date. Despite the mid-January release date, the project actually has quite a bit of competition, going up against Sony's The Dark Tower, Warner Bros.' Geostorm, Lionsgate's Power Rangers and 20th Century Fox's Hidden Figures.
David Bruckner is attached to direct Friday the 13th, with Hannibal writer Nick Antosca signing on to write the latest version of the script. There had been talk of Platinum Dunes putting a found footage spin on the franchise, but producer Bradley Fuller revealed earlier this year that plan was scrapped because they couldn't figure out the story. No cast members are attached yet, and it isn't known who will play Jason Voorhees yet. Derek Mears played the maniacal killer in Platinum Dunes' 2009 reboot, but it isn't known if the producers will bring him back.
Rings will go up against 20th Century Fox's Eddie the Eagle and Open Road Films' Collide on April 1, 2016. Rings started production just a few months ago in late March, with the release date push most likely made to give director F. Javier Gutiérrez more time in post-production. The story is set 13 years after the events of The Ring, centering on Holt (Alex Roe), who suddenly becomes distant from his girlfriend (Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz) after watching a mysterious video tape.
The supporting cast includes Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Laura Wiggins, Zach Roerig, Andrea Powell, Surely Alvelo and Dave Blamy. Shortly after filming started, a rumor surfaced that the character Aidan Keller, played by David Dorfman in The Ring and The Ring Two, will appear as an adult, but that report was never confirmed, and it isn't known if David Dorfman is coming back to reprise his role. What do you think about these new release date shifts?