Friday The 13th Reboot Cancelled And WWZ 2 On Hold
News has come about that Paramount Pictures has canned two of 2017’s highly anticipated films. The first, not just pulled from the year’s schedule, but cancelled altogether was the reboot of the popular Friday The 13th franchise which was scheduled for release on October the 13th, 2017. This came in part as a result of the poor reception of RINGS at the box office coupled with the fact that the rights to the franchise reverted back to the original holders, New Line Cinema. The production was originally granted tax incentives to film in California, but production failed to begin on time – and now that they have pulled the plug on the film, the rights will likely divert back to New Line. This is a sad end to a film that has been struggling to get off the ground since 2013. The slot once occupied by Friday The 13th is going to Darren Aronofsky and his film, Mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence.
As for Brad Pitt’s sprawling zombie epic World War Z 2, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. The film has not been officially cancelled, but rather pulled from 2017’s line up. Film buffs from around the world clamored at the prospect of having screen legend David Fincher direct the film, even if it was only a rumor. With him at the head of the production, WWZ:2 is poised to follow in the footsteps of sequels that outshine their predecessors, such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day. With this one though, delays were more than expected seeing as that they hadn’t even began pre-production before the year had started. Sources close to the production team insist the film will still happen and are now eyeballing a late 2018 or early 2019 release.
Fingers crossed for the two projects. With Friday The 13th, we hope that once the property is back with New Line, they will give it the reboot it deserves. As far as WWZ: 2, the truth is we can only hope Fincher does direct it because it’s exactly what the film/franchise needs.