Whilst Paramount was all set to release three big screen hair-raisers this year we regret to inform you that a couple have been pushed back substantially in a studio shuffle around.
First up is the long-gestating Friday the 13th reboot, picked up after New Line thought a sequel wasn’t for them. The film has been pushed back from its original November 13 release date to May 13 of next year. The reason why is unknown but it’s possible the final script is still in its rudimentary stages given the fact more than the odd script, including a found footage concept, has already been shunned by the studio.
Clambering out of a well and into Jason’s November 13th release date is Rings, directed by Francisco Javier Gutierrez. Little is known as regards plot details other than the fact that Samara will be having another bad hair day and anyone who dares to watch that dreaded unmarked video tape (unless it’s been upgraded to Blu-ray) is doomed to die a mug ugly death in seven days. Scribes David Loucka, Jacob Aaron Estes and Akiva Goldsman have all been involved with the script reportedly based around Koji Suzuki’s original Ring novel so, rather than a reboot, Paramount may be looking to expand on the story with some kind of prequel of sorts.
The final film to be pushed back is Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, which we were all rubbing our hands to see this very March 13th. Paramount has decided to send the franchise back to the witching season with an October 23rd release. The most likely reason for this? The Marked Ones set an all time low at the box office last January so we’re guessing that could just have something to do with that.
Words: Howard Gorman