After pushing the next installment of its Friday The 13th back eight months from March 13 to November 13, Paramount Pictures is kicking Jason again — this time to 2016 with a release on Friday, May 13. Currently occupying that slot is an untitled R-rated comedy from Universal Pictures. The latest rendition of Friday The 13th is co-written by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg. During the late aughts, when studios were updating their classic horror film franchises for millennials, Warner Bros/New Line’s Friday The 13th bowed to a solid $40.6M in February 2009 and finaled stateside with $65M.
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, originally scheduled for March 13, now will open on October 23 against Universal’s live-action reboot of ’80s cartoon Jem And The Holograms and Lionsgate/Summit’s action fantasy The Last Witch Hunter. The five-film Paranormal Activity franchise already has racked up close to $812M worldwide.
Paramount also said today that Rings, the third installment of its popular horror-thriller franchise that has racked up $411M worldwide, will be take the former Friday The 13th slot of November 13. It will battle Open Road’s Bill Murray-led ensemble comedy Rock The Kasbah. Deadline reported in July that Par hired Spanish filmmaker F. Javier Gutierrez to helm the threequel. The Ring (2002), based on the Japanese film Ringu that was directed by Hideo Nakata and adapted from the novel by Koji Suzuki, spawned its own series of prequel/sequels and spinoff films and led a wave of J-horror Hollywood remakes throughout the 2000s. The plot involves a woman who is trapped by a cursed videotape.