Paramount have revealed some release date changes for some upcoming horror films, and the bad news is that they have both been pushed back.
The long in the works Friday the 13th movie, originally scheduled for release on Friday the 13th November this year, but the film has now been pushed back to Friday the 13th May 2016.
We kind of expected a delay since just a few weeks ago producer Andrew Form told Collider that the film was still being written, but this is quite a jump back. The good news is that the film is still on the way, we just have to wait a little longer.
David Bruckner (The Signal, VHS) is directing, and the film is said to not just feature Jason Vorhees, but also his Mother. Reports have suggested that relationships between Jason and his Mother have become very problematic. It has also been confirmed that the film will be R-rated (naturally).
It’s recently being reported that The Autopsy of Jane Doe duo Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg are currently working on the latest draft of Friday the 13th for Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes.
In another release date change, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension has also been pushed back, from its release date of 13th March (which had already been changed from an earlier date) to the more traditional slot of 23rd October. This also suggests that the rumoured Paranormal Activity 5 will not be happening this year.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension will be release in 3D.
The title suggests another possible spin-off instead of the official fifth film we have been waiting for, but as there are no details to share other than the title, release date, writer and director, we will have to wait for an official synopsis to explain if this will indeed be the official fifth film, or another spin-off.
Gregory Plotkin makes his directorial debut with Paranormal Activity 5, and Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark have written the screenplay.
Finally the latest in the US Ring franchise has been granted a release date. Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) will now claim the slot left open by Friday the 13th, and will be released on 13th November.
Matilda Lutz will be playing the female lead, and she will be taking over from Naomi Watts who starred in the first two US remakes.
Serving as a sort of reboot, The Ring threequel is being produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. It’s the latest installment of the $400M-grossing horror franchise first launched stateside by Gore Verbinski in 2002 with The Ring and its sequel The Ring 2, both starring Naomi Watts as a woman caught in the clutches of a cursed video tape.
The Japanese original Ringu, directed by Hideo Nakata and adapted from the novel by Koji Suzuki, spawned its own series of prequel/sequels and spin-off films and led a wave of J-horror Hollywood remakes throughout the 2000s. Gutiérrez earned genre cred on the international scene with his shorts Brazil and La habitacion de Norman, followed by his 2008 debut feature Before the Fall (Tres días). He’s repped by WME, manager Dan Farah, and attorney Stephen Clark.
(All the above date are for the US, but I would imagine the UK will follow closely behind)