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Update: Paramount pulls World War Z 2 and Friday the 13th off their schedule

02.06.2017

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Update: Well, looks like Paramount has had second thoughts about FRIDAY THE 13TH after all. THR is reporting that the reboot has been shut down just six weeks from the start of principal photography. The poor box-office return of RINGS is said to be the reason, with executives believing that the reboot "would have chased the same audience, although others point out the project is on the opposite spectrum of the horror scale." Other sources said that "the production was not ready to go at this date."

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Studios typically set placeholder dates for their big franchise flicks, but sometimes, those movies don't exactly materialize in time. Paramount Pictures have announced that they have pulled two upcoming movies off their schedule, the sequel to Brad Pitt's WORLD WAR Z and the latest FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot.

WORLD WAR Z made a surprising bundle of cash at the box-office several years ago despite the mixed reviews and troubled production, and a sequel was quickly green-lit. However, there have been issues getting WORLD WAR Z 2 off the ground as they can't seem to hold a director. J.A. Bayona (A MONSTERS CALLS) was initially slated to direct the film, but he later dropped out due to scheduling issues. Bayona departed over a year ago and, despite some rumblings that Brad Pitt was hoping to get David Fincher to direct, there's been very little movement on the sequel which was set to be released on June 9, 2017.

Another sequel which Paramount has been trying to get off the ground is FRIDAY THE 13TH, but unlike WORLD WAR Z 2, it seemed that work on that particular film was moving along smoothly for once. Breck Eisner was set to direct from a script from Aaron Guzikowski (PRISONERS) and it was said that production was looking to kick off next month, but the studio has now bumped the sequel/reboot from its October 13, 2017 slot. That's not to say that the film won't still be moving forward, but Deadline suspects that the recent under-performance of RINGS has led to some second thoughts about another horror franchise reboot. Of course that couldn't have anything to do with RINGS being awful, would it?

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11:24PM on 02/08/2017

thanks a lot Rings for ruining our chances for F13!

Well this sucks.! So if this article is to be believed we lost our chances for a new F13 because of some bad sequel to a film no one wanted anyway? I for one was also looking forward to another WWZ. I actually enjoyed the film. I thought it brought some cool elements to the zombie genre.
Well this sucks.! So if this article is to be believed we lost our chances for a new F13 because of some bad sequel to a film no one wanted anyway? I for one was also looking forward to another WWZ. I actually enjoyed the film. I thought it brought some cool elements to the zombie genre.
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11:07AM on 02/07/2017
Good for World War Z, I don't think anyone really cares for a sequel. If they were to make one, it should've happened years ago. As for F13, that totally sucks. Of course this isn't the first time the film has been delayed. I don't know why they would halt production based on Rings performance. That's like comparing apples to donuts, Jason is way more profitable than another Samara film. F13 movies are always guranteed profits, even the weakest entries. Why is it so damn hard to make a Jason
Good for World War Z, I don't think anyone really cares for a sequel. If they were to make one, it should've happened years ago. As for F13, that totally sucks. Of course this isn't the first time the film has been delayed. I don't know why they would halt production based on Rings performance. That's like comparing apples to donuts, Jason is way more profitable than another Samara film. F13 movies are always guranteed profits, even the weakest entries. Why is it so damn hard to make a Jason movie? My guess is that the rights will evenutally revert back to WB and then they'll start from scratch....meaning we will probably have to wait for another 2-3 years. Ugh.
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8:49AM on 02/07/2017

I don't get it

Friday the 13th (2009) had a $40m opening and $65m overall - how is that not a big success overall? Yeah, it dropped like a rock after opening weekend, but so what. These movies should only cost $10m at most. Why is it so hard to get this property off the ground when there is clearly an audience for it?
Friday the 13th (2009) had a $40m opening and $65m overall - how is that not a big success overall? Yeah, it dropped like a rock after opening weekend, but so what. These movies should only cost $10m at most. Why is it so hard to get this property off the ground when there is clearly an audience for it?
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12:28AM on 02/07/2017
It should be noted that Darren Aronofsky's next film, "mother!", starring Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfieffer, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Domhnall Gleeson, is taking the October 13th release date.

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It should be noted that Darren Aronofsky's next film, "mother!", starring Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfieffer, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Domhnall Gleeson, is taking the October 13th release date.

Deadline link -- [link]
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9:35PM on 02/06/2017
So we'll have to wait until Paramount loses the rights to the Friday franchise until hopefully someone will buy it and treat it with respect.
So we'll have to wait until Paramount loses the rights to the Friday franchise until hopefully someone will buy it and treat it with respect.
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8:48PM on 02/06/2017
Are you fuckin kidding me. It's a monster in a hockey mask who creatively murders 20 year olds pretending to be teenagers. People will always watch that. It's not god damn rocket science.

The world war z sequel on the other hand - good riddance. I was sick of zombies before the first one came out
Are you fuckin kidding me. It's a monster in a hockey mask who creatively murders 20 year olds pretending to be teenagers. People will always watch that. It's not god damn rocket science.

The world war z sequel on the other hand - good riddance. I was sick of zombies before the first one came out
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6:38AM on 02/07/2017
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
8:07AM on 02/07/2017
copy and paste much dude
copy and paste much dude
6:32PM on 02/07/2017
Of course I'm copying and pasting. A lot of the comments are saying the same thing, so my reply has to be the same one.
Of course I'm copying and pasting. A lot of the comments are saying the same thing, so my reply has to be the same one.
8:34PM on 02/06/2017
I'm glad this sequel to World War Z might not happen. The first one was one of the biggest shit storms I have ever seen. It really amazes me that such a great book can be violated like that.
I'm glad this sequel to World War Z might not happen. The first one was one of the biggest shit storms I have ever seen. It really amazes me that such a great book can be violated like that.
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8:17PM on 02/06/2017
Why is it SO difficult in trying to make and release a new Friday the 13th film. They're seriously over thinking such a simple concept at this point.
Why is it SO difficult in trying to make and release a new Friday the 13th film. They're seriously over thinking such a simple concept at this point.
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6:37AM on 02/07/2017
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
8:15PM on 02/06/2017
April 13, 2018?
April 13, 2018?
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7:56PM on 02/06/2017

I assume they haven't started filming either project so it's not too big of a surprise

It is pretty amazing that they are struggling to make a new Friday the 13th. I get that they probably want to take the franchise in a new creative direction, but it shouldnt be that hard to crank one of these out. The early films are about as brainless and low budget as they get.
It is pretty amazing that they are struggling to make a new Friday the 13th. I get that they probably want to take the franchise in a new creative direction, but it shouldnt be that hard to crank one of these out. The early films are about as brainless and low budget as they get.
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6:36AM on 02/07/2017
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
7:28PM on 02/06/2017
Why the fuck is it so hard to make a Friday the 13th movie now?
Why the fuck is it so hard to make a Friday the 13th movie now?
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6:35AM on 02/07/2017
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
A lot of recent reboots have been successful because their concepts can be sold to new generations. Slasher movies are hard to sell because they're not popular anymore.
7:17PM on 02/06/2017

Disappointed but

Not surprised by either
Not surprised by either
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