Fans of the classic horror slasher Friday the 13th will surely be saddened by news that the expected sequel, which was slated for later this year, has been removed from Paramounts slate entirely. We will instead be getting the Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! which stars Jennifer Lawrence, in the October slot. In other startling news, the much anticipated sequel to World War Z, which was set for a June release of this year, has also been pulled completely. Yes that’s pulled , not pushed back.
The Friday The 13th reboot has had a slew of issues in pre production from different script shakeups and casting issues, and was at one point supposed to be a found footage type movie, then became an origin story? The whole thing was becoming one massively convoluted mess and the only humane thing left for Paramount to do was put it out of it’s misery and just start again from the ground up. There was a recent casting call, so while the the horror reboot has fallen off it’s release date, it isn’t dead in the water. It sounds like they are just looking to regroup and start anew, but will hopefully still trudge forward. As far as we know, director of The Crazies, Breck Eisner, is still attached to the film, but with this new revelation, it’s unclear if that will remain.
Meanwhile, the sequel to the zombie epic, World War Z, has apparently seen brighter days. The original film had a crazy amount of production problems to the degree where they essentially restarted after having already shot most of the damn movie. Paramount wants to have things figured out prior to going into production this time. The delay s not even remotely surprising, considering the film had yet to go into production yet, and it’s impossible to get a movie of that scale and scope through filing and post production in under 4 months. There is also currently no director attached, since J.A.Bayona fell off to finish A Monster Calls and helm the upcoming Jurassic World 2. Word on the street is that Brad Pitt is working on getting his friend David Fincher on board to direct.
Neither film has a new release date set, but in the case of World War Z 2, it’s safe to say that a sequel is inevitable. For Friday The 13th though, well maybe just don’t hold your breath on that one.