Jason Lives! Paramount have set a release date for the next Friday the 13th movie, notes Exhibitor Relations via their Twitter. Pamela Voorhees‘ beloved son will be back in theaters on Friday, March 13th, 2015 in all his hockey-masked glory.
No other details have been revealed yet about the film, including a writer or director, though ShockTillYouDrop notes Platinum Dunes, who produced the 2009 remake, will again produce.
That 2009 film was a notable success, which made it a surprise when a sequel failed to quickly materialize. However, it seemed one hold up was the complicated rights issues involved. New Line (who in turn are now part of Warner Bros.) had taken over the franchise from the ninth film on, but the decision to make a remake brought Paramount back in as a co-producer, as they still held rights on the original film, having released the first eight Friday the 13th movies. This left the potential sequel a Paramount/Warner Bros. co-production… until a few months ago, when a “only in Hollywood” scenario hadParamount getting back the rights to make and release the next Friday the 13th movie on their own (and a new South Park movie!) as part of the deal that brought Warner Bros. in as a partner on Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar. Paramount only retains the Friday the 13th rights to themselves for the next five years though, and now we know they are moving forward to get the next film out.
What’s still unclear is what the storyline of this film is or how it will connect to the rest of the series. Is it a sequel to the 2009 film? Is there any possibility, however unlikely, that it could revert to the original continuity? Is it another reboot and could it be the rumoredfound footage scenario?
Including the remake and Freddy vs. Jason, the next film will be very notable as the 13th movie in the Friday the 13th franchise. That alone will make it an event, but for now, fans are left to ponder what else might go into making this movie stand out as something special among the many lives of Jason Voorhees…