An already stacked line up of movies slated for 2015, just got a little scarier. The horror genre, which only major movies being a Frankenstein reboot and Insidious: Chapter 3, has added the iconic slasher Jason Voorhees to the already stacked line up of movies. This will be the franchise’s 13th installment which is distributed by Paramount Pictures and will hit theaters on March 13, 2015 ( how ironic). This will also be Jason Voorhees 13th time being on the big screen, for those that do not know, Jason wasn’t in the first Friday the 13th, but was in the Freddy vs. Jason crossover, which is not counted in the Friday the 13th franchise. The only thing that is known about the upcoming Friday the 13th is that it is being produced by Michael Bay’s production company, Platinum Dunes, which produced the remake back in 2009.
The news of a Friday the 13th movie isn’t shocking at all. Jason Voorhees has always had box office success, mainly because the movies are cheap to make. Also, with this release day, it will not be going against another horror movie, so Paramount isn’t fighting for an audience with another horror movie. Another reason, and the big reason, that we are getting a new Friday the 13th is because of a deal with Paramount and Warner Brothers. Warner Brothers had acquired the rights to the franchise, but they wanted to stay in the Christopher Nolan game. What does Christopher Nolan, (director of The Dark Knight trilogy) have to do with the rights of Friday the 13th? Well, as fate would have it, Christopher Nolan is coming out with a new movie called Interstellar, which is being distributed by Paramount. Naturally, Warner Brothers wanted in on Interstellar, and made a deal with Paramount. The deal insured that Warner Brothers would get some of Interstellar rights, and in return, Paramount would get the rights to Friday the 13th and South Park. Also in the contract between the two studios, there is an undisclosed date that Paramount has to be in production on a Friday the 13th and South Park movie, or the rights go back to Warner Brothers, so be on the look out for news on a new South Park movie!
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