Over the past decade and a half, Platinum Dunes has made it a business to reboot and launch various horror and genre-centric franchises, and have done so for the likes of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “The Purge” and “Ouija” series.
Aside from Michael Bay, the two other key men behind the ‘Dunes’ are Andrew Form and Brad Fuller with the pair sitting down recently with Variety to talk about two other franchises they have plans to resurrect – “Friday the 13th” and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.
The “Friday the 13th” reboot, which would be the second following their well-received but never followed-up 2009 reboot, is set to be the 13th “Friday the 13th” movie and yet it also has to be able to embrace new audiences unfamiliar with the franchise. Fuller says:
“You don’t want to alienate the people that come to see the first 12 but at the same time you don’t want your audience who haven’t seen the first 12 to feel like I’ve missed out on all of this and I’m not coming to see the 13th film. That’s where and why we were lucky enough to get Aaron Guzikowski, who is an amazing writer and who saw a way to bridge those two audiences and make a way a movie where if you haven’t seen a ‘Friday the 13th’ movie you know exactly what is going on and if you have seen one, you are going to be smiling the whole way through because there are nods to everything that you know but it is not imperative that you know those things to enjoy the film. We have made plenty of slasher movies and what excites us about this one is that our characters aren’t just meat for Jason to butcher. These are real characters which will hopefully make the bond with the audience that much stronger because you really care about the people in this film.”
Meanwhile the company is wrapping up “Black Sails” on TV and is about to get to work on the “Jack Ryan” series for Amazon which stars John Krasinski as the CIA analyst who has been played by four different actors across five films to date. Of the venture, Form says:
“Paramount has been our home for eight years now and when the talk of ‘Jack Ryan’ came up, it seemed liked exactly what we wanted to do in television and perfect for the brand especially after ‘Black Sails’ and ‘Last Ship’, ‘Jack Ryan’ felt perfect for the brand and we jumped on it. I think we are really lucky that we get to take this character that Tom Clancy has written so many books with and get to tell a ten hour story with Jack and the fact that John Krasinski gets to play him for us, I don’t even know how to explain that.”
The “Jack Ryan” series has yet to set a premiere date. At last report the “Friday the 13th” reboot is currently targeting an October 13th 2017 release.