Why The “Friday the 13th” Reboot Collapsed

Following 2009’s reboot starring The CW alum Jared Padalecki and Danielle Panabaker, attempts have been made in recent years to do yet another reboot of the iconic 1980s slasher franchise “Friday the 13th”.

Now, speaking with JoBlo, Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have revealed that they are dead-set on making the new film but reveal the current state of the project is still in limbo. Fuller says:

“One of the biggest heartbreaks of the last couple years was that we were about to make that movie and it fell apart. That still hurts. The fans reach out to us; Andrew doesn’t really engage because he’s not on Twitter, but I am and I hear from the fans and that’s all they ask about. We get asked about that more than anything else. Fans think it’s so simple, that if we want to make the movie we can go make it, and that’s just not the case.

There are rights issues; originally, Warner Bros. owned the rights, then Paramount had them for a couple of years, and now I think the rights are reverting back to Warner Bros. At the same time, there’s this on-going lawsuit with Victor Miller. If there’s a lawsuit hanging over the rights, it’s problematic, you can’t really make the movie until that gets settled. And now the movie is at New Line, and we’ve made a lot of movies with those guys, but that’s not our home studio anymore.

So the question is, [does New Line] want to make the movie with us? If they want to make that movie with us, we will drop what we’re doing to make that movie. We had such a great experience making Friday the 13th, it was a dream come true to watch those movies as a kid and then be a part of it. So I don’t really have a clear answer.”

Aaron Guzikowski penned the draft for the second reboot, a script that was well-regarded and was to be used until the project collapsed just weeks from filming.