Paramount Pictures has updated the public on the status of several of its upcoming films, including the latest entries in its horror franchises Friday the 13th and The Ring.
The latest installment in the Friday the 13th franchise has been delayed for a third time. The reboot, simply titled Friday the 13th, was originally scheduled to premiere on May 13, 2016 but will now hit the big screen on Jan. 13, 2017. Both dates are, of course, Fridays.
The film was originally supposed to be out by now, at first slated for release on March 13, 2015, before it was delayed to Nov. 13, 2015 and then to May 13, 2016. It’s hard not to view those kind of repeated delays as a bad sign. And if the film does make its new Jan. 13, 2017 release date, it will have been almost two years since it was originally supposed to launch. Then again, there are only so many Friday the 13th’s so the film is kind of restricted when it comes to release dates.
Few details about the film have been revealed, but it will be directed by David Bruckner (The Signal, V/H/S) and written by Nick Antosca (Last Resort, Believe). This marks the second time filmmakers have attempted to resurrect Jason Vorhees for the new millennium.
In 2009, a critically despised reboot from director Marcus Nispel and producer Michael Bay was released, but it was still financially successful, grossing $91.5 million USD against $19 million budget. There’s also a television series in the works at The CW from writers Steven Long Mitchell (The Pretender, Alien Nation) and Craig W. Van Sickle (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Tin Man) and executive producers Sean S. Cunningham (His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, The Last House on the Left), Robert Barsamian, Mark Canton (The Last Witch Hunter, 300: Rise of an Empire), Randall Emmett (The Amityville Horror, Power), Ted Fox (The Frozen Ground, Little Cobras: Operation Dalmation), George Furla (Broken City, Alex Cross) and Steve B. Harris (Night Skies, Amityville: The Awakening).
Paramount has also delayed its upcoming remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur (which is itself a remake of the 1925 silent film of the same name, which is an adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ) from its previously scheduled release date Feb. 26, 2016 to Aug. 12, 2016. The remake, like the other versions, will follow the tale of a nobleman falsely accused of a crime who seeks vengeance on the man who betrayed him to a life of slavery.
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and scripted by Keith R. Clarke (The Way Back, Tom’s Dad) and Academy Award winner John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, American Crime), the film will include stars such as Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, Olympus Has Fallen), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland, How I Met Your Mother), Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire, Lost), Sofia Black D’Elia (The Messengers, Project Almanac), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), Moises Arias (Ender’s Game, The Stanford Prison Experiment), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones, Lucy), Marwan Kenzari (The Promise, Collide), Edoardo Purgatori (To Rome with Love) and Haluk Bilginer (Rosewater, The International).
Finally, Paramount has also issued a new release date for Rings, the upcoming third installment in the horror saga following a VHS tape possessed by the malevolent spirit of a dead girl. The film, originally set for release on Nov. 13, 2015 (a date it received following the second delay of Friday the 13th, I should add), will now premiere on April 1, 2016.
Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutierrez (Tres dias, Diminutos del calvario), scripted by Jacob Aaron Estes (Nearing Grace, The Details), Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman (The Da Vinci Code, A Time to Kill) and David Loucka (Dream House, House at the End of the Street), and stars Golden Globe nominee Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory, I Know What You Did Last Summer), Aimee Teegarden (Scream 4, Friday Night Lights), Laura Wiggins (Shameless, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Alex Roe (The Fugitives, The 5th Wave) and Zach Roerig (Guiding Light, The Vampire Diaries) will appear.