Paramount has removed both Brad Pitt’s sequel WORLD WAR Z 2 and their rebooted-again FRIDAY THE 13TH from their release schedule. In FRIDAY’s spot of October 13, 2017, Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming MOTHER! will take its place.
WORLD WAR Z 2’s removal may seem like a no-brainer as the film has been without a director since January of 2016. While the search has been on to replace Antonio Bayona since he bowed out, there’s no way the film could be produced in enough time now for a June release. It’s easy to remember that the first film was plagued with multiple problems, including a significant portion of the film being reshot, but its popularity at the box office, resulting in a global $540 million take, guaranteed that a sequel would be imminent.
FRIDAY THE 13TH has also seen its fair share of problems. After the previous 2009 reboot of the franchise failed to connect with audiences, Paramount has been trying desperately to recapture the formula that helped create 11 sequels to the original. After going through multiple writers, premises, and directors the studio locked down THE CRAZIES helmer Breck Eisner and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski for the next iteration of the masked killer’s rampage.
THR is reporting separately that Paramount has shut down production on FRIDAY THE 13TH. The film was due to go into principal photography in about six weeks. Production company Platinum Dunes and the film’s director Breck Eisner was reportedly told earlier in the day, according to their sources.
Taking its place on October 13, MOTHER! Pairs Aronofsky with Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson and Ed Harris. It will center on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
It appears that the weak performance of RINGS, which opened this last weekend, has made the studio gunshy towards investing in a franchise they feel will target the same audience who didn’t fill the seats. It’s an interesting view, considering the studio moved RINGS from its previous October release date to now, a period of time that is considered a “dumping ground” for films they don’t expect to do well.
At any rate, for the time being, it appears that the next foray into Crystal Lake is on hold indefinitely, although we’ll watch very carefully for any updates on either FRIDAY THE 13TH or WORLD WAR Z 2.
Do you think it’s time to put Jason to rest permanently, or would you have rather seen a return of the infamous movie monster on October 13th?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter