Two of the most beloved horror franchises are looking to return with a vengeance. Last week horror fans were treated to significant updates on the progress of the latest installments of both Friday the 13th and Halloween. Friday producer Brad Fuller gave a thorough discussion of the status of the next Friday the 13th film — its release date now pushed to 2016 — and two horror screenwriters have been hired to pen a new chapter in the Halloween franchise.
Brad Fuller Talks Friday the 13th
In an interview with Esquire, Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller not only talked candidly about his passion for the Friday the 13th franchise, but gave an update on the many times delayed next movie. “Some movies you do for some reasons and some you do ’cause you just love the source material,” Fuller explained. “And truly this is something that we all love here.”
Fuller continued to talk details of what the next installment of the franchise — number 13 when you count Freddy Vs. Jason — could potentially be about, asking big questions about the mythology of Jason. “There’s always been this supernatural aspect to these movies,” said Fuller. “It defies logic that, you see Jason get killed in every movie, including ours, the 2009 one. And then he comes back and no one’s ever really investigated what that is. So that’s something that I think about a little bit. Like it is supernatural, but what is he? Those are the things that we’re toying with. Nothing has been decided. But those type of things: How does he always come back?”
The next installment of Friday the 13th is scheduled to hit theaters on May 13, 2016.
Screenwriters Officially Hired for New Halloween Movie
Before Jason, before Freddy, there was Michael Myers. John Carpenter’s seminal horror flick Halloween was once the most successful independent film of all time. Last week The Hollywood Reporter broke news that Saw scribes Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been hired to write the tenth installment of the Halloween franchise. THR reports that the approach to the latest film is “not a remake, not a reboot, and not a reimagining.” Instead, their source refers to it as a “recalibration.” The idea of a “recalibration” is most likely referring to the last two Halloween films which were made by Rob Zombie and saw the origins of Michael Meyers. While Zombie’s ideas were solid, I think it’s safe to say that for most fans his take on Carpenter’s iconic “Shape” didn’t quite land.
In any case, Melton and Dunstan have previously written Saw IV-VII and Piranha 3DD. They also sold a pitch and wrote a script for the CBS Films adaptation of the beloved childhood favorite Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Malek Akkad, who is the son of original Halloween executive producer Moustapha Akkad, will produce the new film alongside Mike Stein.
There is no release date for Halloween 10 but we’ll keep you posted as details emerge.
What do you think of this news, slasher fans? Are you excited for more action from your favorite bad guys? Will you line up to see a new Friday the 13th or Halloween flick? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section!