We here at TGON always like to bring you some good news. Something to make you happy and excited so that you can walk around all day with a smile on your face.
Sadly there are also days that I have to bring you some bad news, and this is one of them because the reboot of Friday the 13th is canceled. This already happened in February but with the other movie news, this was a bit overshadowed.
Friday the 13th would have aired on, you guessed it: Friday the 13th of October 2017 after the movie was already pushed back from its initial date of January 13, 2017, and before that Friday, May 13, 2016. The film was in pre-production and, while not cast, heading toward a production start in mid-March.
The exact reason for the cancellation is unclear, although one factor could be the poor performance of the studio’s horror movie, Rings. This movie was supposed to restart the horror franchise, but with a cost of $25 million and with a disappointing $13 million opening weekend it proved to be unsuccessful. Other reasons could be the $21 million budget and the looming reversion of the rights to New Line.
Sources say that the executives quickly began second-guessing Friday the 13th, believing it would have chased the same audience, although others point out that the project is on the opposite spectrum of the horror scale.
A source close to Friday the 13th would only say that “the production was not ready to go at this date.”
Sadly this means we don’t get to see Jason Vorhees’ blood-soaked adventures with his famous hockey mask killing mostly hormonally charged teens this year. But maybe he is lurking somewhere in the woods around Camp Crystal Lake waiting to strike again.
What do you think of this cancellation? Did they make a good call or not? Let me know in the comments!