As expected, the Friday the 13th remake is getting a new release date. The movie hasn't started shooting yet, and there was no way it was going to be ready by this January. What is kind of surprising is that Paramount Pictures is also delaying its other big horror franchise release by quite a few months. While many were expecting to see the long-anticipated sequel Rings this October, fans will have to wait until next year.
The all-new Friday the 13th, which explores Jason Voorhees' family life by introducing his father for the first time on the big screen, has faced quite a few production delays over the past couple of years. But as Platinum Dunes continues to perfect the script, they have to keep aiming for the next Friday the 13th available on the release calendar. Originally scheduled to hit theaters on January 13, 2017, the movie will now be Paramount Pictures' big Halloween 2017 release as it will presumably arrive on October 13, 2017. But as we've seen, that could very well change once we get closer to that date.
A production and script hold-up wasn't the only reason most fans expected Friday the 13th to be delayed. Paramount Pictures is also using the January 13, 2017 date as a dumping ground for its family-friendly sci-fi adventure comedy Monster Trucks, which is expected to lose the studio upwards of $115 million dollars. Viacom basically declared the movie a bomb, and it makes sense that they wouldn't want to release another potential money maker to counter act their own impending disaster.
Jason was set to also go up against new horror franchise in the making The Bye Bye Man on Friday, January 13. That date will also see the release of Ben Affleck's Live By Night and the 20th Century Fox biopic Hidden Figures, about the three African-American woman who helped NASA with an important mission. Lionsgate is also expanding the Boston Marathon Bombing drama Patriots' Day on this date.
Moving the Friday the 13th remake seemed like a no brainer. The movie will now be the only horror movie opening on October 13th of next year, facing Lionsgate's The Commuter and Universal Pictures' The Snowman. It comes after a weekend that will see a new, untitled Fox Marvel movie into theaters, along with the long-awaited Blade Runner 2 and the animated My Little Pony movie. It will then have to contend with the thriller Geostorm and the horror sequel Insidious: Chapter 4 in its second week of release.
The Rings delay comes as a more surprising announcement, as the movie has been kicked around quite a bit, and seemed like the perfect addition to this Halloween's cinematic line-up. The movie was scheduled to arrive on October 28, going up against the Tom Hanks sequel Inferno, which now pretty much has that date to itself. This is the third time Paramount has delayed the release of Rings.
The Ring sequel will instead have to face off against Trainspotting 2 on February 3, 2017. Paramount's own Same Kind of Different as Me is also scheduled to hit at that time, but we can expect it to be moved soon. Rings will have an even tougher time at the box office in its second weekend, where it will be going up against Valentine heavy hitter Fifty Shades Darker, expected to be one 2017's biggest blockbuster hits. As well as the Keanu Reeves sequel John Wick 2. On the family side of things, it will have to contend with The Lego Batman Movie. Financially, Rings may have been better suited in its originally October 2016 slot.
The new Friday the 13th reboot will be directed by Breck Eisner, best known for The Crazies, Sahara and last year's Vin Diesel fantasy epic The Last Witch Hunter. F. Javier Gutierrez directs Rings with a cast that includes Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan and Vincent D'Onofrio. There's no telling if these two horror movies will be kicked around the release schedule some more, but that's not an unlikely scenario at this point.