Back in October, we reported that Paramount Pictures has delayed their long-awaited Friday the 13th once again, pushing the release date from May 13, 2016 to January 13, 2017. While it still isn't known when production will begin, The Wrap reports that the studio is in talks with screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) to rewrite the script, while director David Bruckner has left the reboot. While it's still possible that he may come back to direct, the filmmaker is now free to pursue other options.
David Bruckner came aboard back in April 2014, when the project was slated for release on March 13, 2015. Since then, the release date has been shifted three times, first to November 13, 2015, then to May 13, 2016 before landing on its current date of January 13, 2017. The site reports that the producers at Platinum Dunes felt it wasn't fair to ask the filmmaker to keep waiting while they develop a new draft of the screenplay. The producers still plan to go back to David Bruckner once the new script is ready, but as of now, he isn't attached to the reboot.
Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot for Platinum Dunes, were first tasked with writing the script, with Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg also writing a draft as well. This March, Hannibal staff writer Nick Antosca came aboard to write a new draft, which was set in the 1980s. It isn't clear if Aaron Guzikowski will start completely from scratch, but Bloody-Disgusting reports that the studio is now eyeing a modern take on the franchise.
Platinum Dunes producers Michael Bay, Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form had originally planned on making a found footage version of Friday the 13th, but that idea was scrapped earlier this year after the producers couldn't figure out the story. It also isn't known if the filmmakers plan on bringing back Derek Mears, who portrayed the iconic Jason Voorhees in the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot. We also reported in August that The CW is developing a Friday the 13th television series, but Platinum Dunes is not involved in that project.
Aaron Guzikowski's script for Prisoners made the Blacklist back in 2009, and after a lengthy road to production, it was finally released in 2013, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Aaron Guzikowski also wrote the script for the 2012 action-thriller Contraband, which starred Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale. Are you excited that the Friday the 13th reboot is finally showing new signs of life?