Ever since the 2009 Friday the 13th film, Crystal Lake just hasn’t been the same. It’s been quiet… too quiet. The reboot starring Jared Padalecki of Supernatural fame did fairly well at the box office, and director Marcus Nispel indicated that he expected a sequel to be in the works in short order. Then things at New Line Cinema crawled to a standstill.
Apparently that had a lot to do with protracted rights issues between Warner Brothers, the new owners of New Line, and Paramount, the original studio. As so often happens when parents fight, it’s the children who suffer, and Friday the 13th wound up the red-headed step child in the scenario.
As of this writing, an unlikely hero has emerged. He may not be the hero the franchise deserves, but he’s the one it received. Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight Rises, has optioned the rights to Interstellar, and wants to make it at Paramount, rather than Warner. Knowing the box office magic that Nolan’s name carries, Warner wanted in on the project in a big way. They were prepared to make a number of fairly large concessions to keep their piece of Interstellar, including giving up co-financing rights on Friday the 13th. Also in the pot, they gave up their stake in a future South Park project, if any happens, as well as allowed Paramount to join on a future Warners tent pole property.
But when will Friday the 13th show up on the calendar? The deal only lasts for five years, so it’s up to Paramount to deliver a bus full of victims to a remote location for another round of Jason hack and slash time in short order. February and March of 2015 both have a Friday the 13th on the calendar. Could a film be on the calendar that soon as well?