The “Friday the 13th” sequel was initially declared dead back in 2010, however Paramount Pictures have taken over the rights according to a recent report from Shocktillyoudrop.com. The production studio regained full rights to the film on the condition a sequel is made in the next five years.
Adding to the exciting news, horror fans will be pleased to hear that the upcoming second installment will use “found footage” similar to “Paranormal Activity”, another horror series set at Paramount. This will be an interesting angle to this already established horror franchise.
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I suppose you will need more than one camera due to the huge body count and somehow the entire ordeal needs to be captured on film. Unless they strap a camera on Jason to experience the killing spree first hand. Who knows, we will have to wait and see what Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company can come up with?
Michael Bay was one of the producers on the “Friday the 13th” movie reboot released in 2009. The film was considered a financial success, finishing in 2nd place grossing $91,3 million worldwide in the horror franchise which boasts with 12 big screen releases in total. The highest earner to date is the 2003 released “Freddy vs. Jason” with $114,9 million.
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Check out the classic 1980 “Friday the 13th” movie trailer
Check out the trailer for the 2009 reboot
Why would you assume us fans would be pleased with ANOTHER horror/found footage film?
Jaries: It looks like Paramount is pushing the concept based on the successful “Paranormal Activity” franchise. The franchise is one of the most profitable in history, due to its low production cost and huge turnover at the box office. The first installment cost a mere $15,000 to produce and grossed a whopping $193.4 million worldwide when it opened in September 2009.
“Paranormal Activity 2” similarly brought in $177.5 million, with
$40.7 in its first weekend, though it only cost $3 million to produce. The budget for “Paranormal Activity 3” was capped at $5 million, which it exceeded in midnight showings alone and “Paranormal Activity 4” opened at number one in its pre-Halloween launch. Horror fans seem to love the “found footage” approach and obviously coupled with the paranormal twist the formula has been very lucrative.
It will be interesting to see what the guys will come up with if they go the “found footage” root for “Friday the Thirteenth”.
Having a successful run with Paranormal Activity won’t necessarily push the already established slasher film in to the record books as one of the best performing horror films. Audiences have responded well to the “found footage” approach and maybe Paramount will try to leverage off that to bring back Jason for one final killing spree.
A go-pro camera on Jasons head. Now theres an idea! I would pay to see that! First hand experience of all his kills, lurking behind walls and doors… Surprising the poor unsuspecting teenager. Wait… Nevermind a movie… This would make an awesome Game!