The Hollywood Reporter‘s Risky Biz Blog reports that New Line and Platinum Dunes are moving forward on a new Friday the 13th and that Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who wrote the recently released Friday the 13th, are beginning work on a script for the new picture.
The next film is expected to be not a sequel so much as a follow-up. Jason Voorhees will be the villain, of course, but the new film is expected to use elements of the original franchise more as a jumping-off point than as a template.
The trade says the reason is that the reboot drew from the first four movies in the “Friday” series, and producers are said not to be keen on the plot elements of the half-dozen movies that followed.
Marcus Nispel, who directed the latest film, is a possible but unlikely candidate to helm the Friday the 13th follow-up; the director is believed to be fielding offers for movies across other genres.
Risky Biz Blog cautions that there is no green light and Platinum Dunes and New Line are actively working together on another franchise reboot, A Nightmare on Elm Street< which is set to start shooting in two months. The Marcus Nispel-directed Friday the 13th has earned $71.9 million worldwide in two weeks.