Breck Eisner is in talks to direct the feature reboot of the beloved horror franchise Friday the 13th which is being brought back to life at Paramount Pictures, a studio that has had some great success re-imagining franchises such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. As with Turtles, Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes will be producing the project. The film is expected to be released sometime next year.
What’s interesting about this is that Eisner’s father Michael ran Paramount during the days when the Friday the 13th rights were acquired. Since then, it has become probably one of the most well-known horror franchises in film history and very lucrative. The rights were originally acquired for producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. who also launched a television series back in the 1980s.
Over the past 36 years, the Friday the 13th IP would go on to spawn a number of films and television programs. Writer/director David Bruckner had been previously attached to helm the film at Paramount. The last writer was Nick Antosca (Hannibal [writer on the TV series], Channel Zero). That incarnation, however, fell apart after Adam Goodman exited his executive post at the studio.
Eisner’s other credits include The Crazies, Sahara and The Last Witch Hunter. The new Friday the 13th project is being produced by Platinum Dunes’ Bay, Brad Fuller, and Andrew Form.
The director is repped by UTA, Daniel Rappaport at Management 360 and attorney Karl Austen at Jackoway Tyerman.