Hollywood info-tainment website Deadline is reporting that director Breck Eisner (The Crazies, The Last Witch Hunter) is currently in talks with Paramount Pictures to lead the feature-picture reboot of Friday the 13th. The latest remake of the iconic horror film is scheduled to be released sometime in 2017.
Paramount is hoping to rekindle some of the recent success they’ve had reviving beloved, nostalgic film franchises, having brought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to prominence in 2014. Eisner, the son of former Paramount head and Disney CEO Michael Eisner, will now take his stab at resurrecting one of the most popular film franchises and iconic killers in movie history, Jason Voorhees. A previous remake, 2009’s Friday the 13th, was co-released by Paramount and New Line Cinema, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing the film. Platinum Dunes (along with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) will also be producing the new adaptation, according to Deadline.
The original Friday the 13th was released in 1980, and was an immediate box office success (as well as critical fodder). For the next 36 years, the movie would spawn eleven sequels and remakes, a television series in the 1980s, video games, toys and action figures, and countless other pieces of pop culture.
With Eisner rumored to be taking the director’s chair for Friday the 13th, the reboot’s path to creation is a little clearer. Writer/director David Bruckner (V/H/S, The Signal) was originally rumored to be taking the reigns of the film, with writer Nick Antosca (TV’s Hannibal) on board as well. However, after an executive shake-up at the studio the project was put on hold.