Paramount Cancels “Friday the 13th” & Shifts Dates

With just over a month to go before shooting was slated to begin, Paramount Pictures has yanked its new “Friday the 13th” reboot from the schedule.

In fact, THR reports that multiple sources have indicated to them that the studio has shut down the production altogether with Platinum Dunes and director Breck Eisner advised earlier in the day about the project’s cancellation.

The film was in preproduction and, while not cast, aiming for a mid-March start of production. The reason is unclear, but the underperformance of “Rings” reportedly lead to second-guessing over the “Friday the 13th” reboot.

The news comes as Paramount also shifted up its release schedule a bit. The “World War Z” sequel has been pulled from its June 9th 2017 release date and now is currently undated. This has been expected for many months as a director has yet to be found since J.A. Bayona’s departure. The studio still intends to produce the film but a 2019 release is looking a likely prospect at this point.

Paramount has also scheduled Darren Aronofsky‘s “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence, is now set to come out this Fall and will take the old October 13th release slot that “Friday the 13th had occupied. Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris also star in the film about a couple whose relationship is put to the test thanks to the arrival of some unwanted guests.