Can Jason ever really BE directed? We finally have new scoop on Jason’s 13th resurrection. According to Deadline, The Crazies‘ director Breck Eisner has been confirmed to be in talks to be the newest director attached to the Paramount Pics and Platnium Dunes’ Friday The 13th reboot of the classic 1980 slasher.
Replacing David Bruckner of Southbound fame, Eisner (son of Michael Eisner, who served as a past runner of Paramount during the days of the past disappointing F13 sequels) has an equally impressive resume, having worked with George A. Romero on the awesome remake of The Crazies. Eisner has also spent years attached to direct a monster remake of The Creature From The Black Lagoon, as well as Escape From New York for New Line.
Word is there isn’t yet a completed script. However, it seems we finally have confirmation, according to BD, that the 13th Friday will mark the very first film installment to debut Elias Voorhees from the F13 comics!
Once again, this will mark the 13th film in the franchise, with the most recent being in 2009 from New Line and Warner Bros. As part of the deal that allowed Warner Bros. to come on as a co-producer on Interstellar, the studio traded the rights to Friday the 13th to Paramount, which is where Platinum Dunes also holds a first-look deal. This will also be the second Friday the 13th installment produced by Platinum Dunes, which has already rebooted the classic slashers The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Back to Eisner… I loved the directing work of The Crazies, and I’m full boar excited to see what he does with this film. Eisner’s other credits include Sahara and The Last Witch Hunter.
In closing, until I return with more scoop, rest your head easy knowing this next installment WON’T be a found-footage slasher! Brad Fuller set THAT record straight during an interview via ComingSoon.net:
”Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that “Friday the 13th” might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie. Ultimately, the fact that the movies been delayed for a long time might be a good thing, because now the movies not going to be found footage.”
The new Friday the 13th project is being produced by Platinum Dunes’ Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.
Stay tuned to this spot for more on this developing story.