Paramount Pictures has reshuffled three of its most high-profile horror properties after the studio announced plans to push Friday the 13th to 2016, while Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Rings — the third installment into the creepy Ring series — have also received new release dates.
Now, masked serial killer Jason won’t get to wreak havoc until May 13, 2016 (a Friday, of course) which has led Paramount to realign its horror tentpoles to occupy the all-important Halloween window. Initially, Friday the 13th was due to make its bow on November 13; however, the company has filled this vacant slot with Rings.
As for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the sixth chapter in the found footage phenomenon was scheduled to unleash a new wave of terror in March, though today’s reorganizing means that the next iteration will open against Jem and the Holograms and the Vin Diesel-led The Last Witch Hunter on October 23.
Circling back to Friday the 13th and given that producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form revealed that the script was still being worked on only recently, news of a delay should come as no surprise to fans of the long-running slasher series. Co-written by Richard Naing and Ian Goldberg, the latest rendition of the Friday the 13th will once again orbit around Jason and his penchant for butchery. Currently, production is set to get underway in April.
“We designed and we did lots of work on all of them and then only so many fit in the box and luckily we have another chance to make another one of these movies and some of those characters that got cut out of the first one can make it into the second one. We’re in prep now. We start shooting in New York in April.”
Friday the 13th won’t make an appearance in your local theater until 2016, though those looking for a scare this Halloween season can look forward to Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Rings.