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The ongoing CineEurope convention has yielded some interesting reports over the past few days, like Paramount’s upcoming slate of reboots and sequels. One interesting tidbit that emerged recently is that the upcoming reboot of the iconic Friday the 13th franchise will be in 3D.
That news item seems to indicate that Paramount’s (terrible) plan to turn the next installment in the perennial slasher series into a found-footage affair have been dropped. While I don’t have very high hopes for the film, it’s good to hear that the studio is locking down plans to deliver a Friday the 13th 3D movie before it starts rolling, so that they can avoid a cheap post-production conversion.
- Isaac Feldberg
Though Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes recently picked up David Bruckner, who directed the segment "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S, to helm yet another reboot of Friday the 13th, it will no longer arrive on the wholly appropriate date of March 13th, 2015. Instead, Deadline reports the film has been pushed back to November 13th, 2015, which is still a Friday, so that's good. It's just a shame that it's not in October. Meawhile, Christopher Landon's Scouts vs. Zombies will take the March 13th release, up against Kenneth Branagh's new Cinderella and the drama Heart of the Sea. Stay tuned. »
- Ethan Anderton
To those who say that the found-footage horror genre has been done to death, I point to the micro-budgeted V/H/S series, which has succeeded in bringing together some of the genre’s most promising directors to collaborate on blood-curdling, interconnected short films.
The first film, V/H/S, was scattershot in its execution, with some strong segments (The Sick Thing That Happened to Emily When She Was Younger) and some dull ones (notably Second Honeymoon). Follow-up V/H/S/2 was much better, boasting some terrific scares (especially in instant horror classic Safe Haven) and only one weak link (Slumber Party Alien Abduction). So, I’m understandably excited about the recently announced third installment, now confirmed with the title V/H/S Viral.
The overarching narrative that connects the horror shorts in this film will focus on, “fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation.” Though »
- Isaac Feldberg
Paramount Pictures is still working on its "Friday the 13th" reboot and is now in negotiations with David Bruckner to direct the new film, which is set to hit theaters on March 13th, 2015. Bruckner wrote and directed the "Amateur Night" segment of "V/H/S," which follows three guys who bring a mysterious girl back to their motel room where terror strikes. Having Bruckner involved further pushes the rumor that "Friday the 13th" will be use the found-footage approach. Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) directed the 2009 "Friday The 13th" reboot, which cost $19 million to make and grossed $90 million globally. The film did not get a sequel and almost ended the entire franchise. »
With less than a year until the supposed release of a brand new 'Friday the 13th' movie you would think it was prudent to lock in your director!? Thankfully it seems this may now be the case as 'V/H/S' director David Bruckner looks to be the man to take on the job. The Wrap are reporting that Bruckner, the guy responsible for the 'Amateur Night' segment in 2012's horror anthology 'V/H/S', is being tapped to fill the void for the new 'Friday the 13th' feature. Although it's not yet clear as to how this new project will tie in to the franchise and whether it'll be remotely connected to that of Marcus Nispel's 2009 remake. Platinum Dunes will produce. »
The company acquired the rights to the classic horror franchise in 2009, launching a reboot from director Marcus Nispel.
Bruckner - who directed the V/H/S segment 'Amateur Night' - will restart the series from scratch again.
It is currently unclear if and how the new film will incorporate the Jason Voorhees/Camp Crystal Lake mythology from the original series.
Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes are still moving forward with their second reboot of “Friday the 13th.” While I’d love to see these companies put money into an original property — a maverick idea in this day and age, I know — at least the studio has found a guy who could actually bring something interesting to the franchise. If Paramount is dead set on doing another “Friday the 13th” flick, then at least they tapped “The Signal” co-director David Bruckner to do the job. The filmmaker also helmed the impressive “Amateur Night” segment of the ridiculously underwhelming horror anthology “V/H/S.” Bruckner did a remarkable job bringing a tense and memorable segment to an otherwise forgettable genre experience. While it’s unknown if David will employ the “found footage” concept that we reported about last year, I’m seriously hoping he decides to ditch that angle altogether. The last »
- Todd Rigney
Some details are starting to come out about the Friday the 13th Remake. Paramount has announced that the film will be released on Friday March 14 2014. Michael Bay Andrew Form and Bradley Fuller are set to produce the film. David Bruckner who wrote and directed the Amateur Night segment of VHS is in negotiations to direct the Friday the 13th reboot for Paramount and Platinum Dunes TheWrap reported today. Amateur Night was one of the best segments from the horror anthology VHS. Bruckmer also cowrote and codirected The Signal which we rated a 3.5 out of 5. »
Like Jason Vorhees rising from the grave to dispatch another group of attractive morons, the Friday the 13th franchise just won't stay down. After Conan The Barbarian director Marcus Nispel brought us a lackluster reboot back in 2009, Paramount and Platinum Dunes are looking to David Bruckner (writer and director of the excellent “Amateur Night” segment of V/H/S) to breath new life into the hockey mask wearing killing machine. There were rumors that this new take would go the found footage route, and Bruckner's hiring would certainly lend credence to that..although The Wrap don't confirm it. Paramount will release the reboot on Friday, March 13, 2015. What do you guys think of this? They have a very good director on board at least..could this actually be worth making? »
Now this is an unexpected, but excitingly inspired choice! We’ve known for some time now that Paramount has a set (i.e short) amount of time to produce more Friday The 13th films, and have been fast-tracking a reboot with Platinum Dunes once again producing for March 15th, 2015. We’re now one step closer to seeing Jason stalk the campgrounds of Camp Crystal Lake with the hiring of V/H/S (his opening segment “Amateur Night” is wildly creepy) and The Signal filmmaker David Bruckner!
This is great simply because Bruckner is an indie filmmaker. He’s not a music video director, or someone being recycled from the Platinum Dunes wheelhouse. Bruckner’s cut his teeth on independent genre films, and Dunes’ hiring shows tons of promise of what they’ll be doing differently with their second go-round. No word on if the found footage approach is still being pursued, »
- Justin Edwards
We’ve not heard much from the Friday the 13th sequel/reboot since there were talks of not having Jason Voorhees as the main killer in the 13th installment of the iconic slasher series. While the movie isn’t out for another year, we may now have a director in the form of David Bruckner who could be heading to Camp Crystal Lake.
According to The Wrap, Bruckner, who wrote and directed the V/H/S segment Amateur Night, is in negotiations to direct the 2015 sequel. Bruckner also co-wrote and co-directed The Signal and he is currently working on the home invasion movie Intrusion.
If the rumours of a “found footage” Friday the 13th are to be true, Bruckner’s hiring would certainly make sense. Paramount have, at this point, not confirmed this story, nor will they confirm the plot details of the latest installment.
What would you like to see from Friday the 13th? »
- Luke Owen
If at first you don’t succeed… There have been twelve films in the “Friday The 13th” franchise thus far. You know what Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes horror shingle did in 2009? They acquired rights to the series (like they have with horror franchises “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “A Nightmare On Elm Street,” “The Hitcher”) and basically hit reset, rebooting the series with “Friday The 13th” directed by Bay-reboot favorite Marcus Nispel (who helmed the “Conan the Barbarian” reboot for Millennium). What are they doing in 2014? A rebooting “Friday The 13th” yet again because their first attempt only grossed $65 million domestically with a worldwide gross of $91 million. Apparently that figure off a $19 million budget was just not enough profit. And so David Bruckner, who wrote and directed the “Amateur Night” segment of “V/H/S,” is in negotiations to direct, according to The Wrap. And it’s already dated for Friday, »
- Edward Davis
Platinum Dunes has been working feverishly to reboot Friday The 13th since the rights transitioned back to Paramount last year, and while we already know this could be the first “found footage” franchise entry for Jason Voorhees, a director still remained out of the picture. Thanks to The Wrap, we finally might have a clear winner in the race to reboot such a fabled franchise, and you know what, it’s actually a fiercely smart choice.
According to sources, director David Bruckner is currently in negotiations to helm – something Paramount refused to comment on. If you’re a horror fan, you’ll know Bruckner’s name from his indie-hit debut The Signal, and then again from his highly successful V/H/S segment titled “Amateur Night.” Both productions went over well with the horror community, especially “Amateur Night,” after so many fans dubbed the segment a clear-cut highlight amidst the other V/H/S segments. »
- Matt Donato
The second Friday the 13th reboot is eyeing V/H/S director David Bruckner, with Platinum Dunes' Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form producing alongside Michael Bay (the original team behind the 2009 remake).
David Bruckner is currently in ongoing negotiations for this complete revamp of the iconic horror series from the 80s, which has already spanned 10 movies, one cross-over with A Nightmare on Elm Street in Freddy vs. Jason, and a 2009 reboot that failed to register with fans. No story details have been revealed at this time, but Bradley Fuller has hinted that it will be a 'found footage' style thriller, and they are considering scrapping signature villain Jason Voorhees altogether.
This is what Fuller had to say about the reboot back in January.
"I don't know if we're going to have Jason..."
It's also not clear if any of the Camp Crystal Lake mythology will make its way into the movie. »
So we've all been waiting patiently to see who the next director of the latest installment of the Friday the 13th franchise would be. Today we're closer to that answer, and the choice may signify the found footage route after all given the person considered for the gig's past.
The Wrap is reporting that David Bruckner, who wrote and directed the “Amateur Night” segment of V/H/S (which follows three guys who bring a mysterious girl back to their motel room, where terror strikes), is in negotiations to direct the Friday the 13th reboot for Paramount and Platinum Dunes.
It's unclear what approach Bruckner plans to take with the reboot or how it will incorporate the Jason Voorhees/Camp Crystal Lake mythology.
- Steve Barton
Just before Thanksgiving last year, we learned that Platinum Dunes decided to try out another reboot of Friday the 13th with Paramount Pictures already staking out a release date on March 13th, 2015, which just so happens to be a Friday. Now the project is rounding up some talent to make it happen, and it gives us some semblance of hope for a horror film that already had a reboot as recent as 2009. Apparently it wasn't good enough to just keep the franchise going from there, and now The Wrap reports David Bruckner, who directed the segment "Amateur Night" in the horror anthology V/H/S is being eyed to direct the new film. If you haven't checked out V/H/S, it's available to stream on Netflix Instant right now, and it's definitely worth your time. Bruckner's segment focused on some college kids who use some camera eyeglasses as a »
- Ethan Anderton
Paramount Pictures has found its director for the new Friday the 13th reboot. The Wrap reports that genre director David Bruckner is in talks to take the helm of the pic, which Paramount hopes will kick off a new Friday the 13th franchise. The studio previously attempted to breathe new life into Jason Voorhees with a 2009 redo helmed by Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), but it never moved forward with further films. Bruckner has experience in the horror genre having directed the 2007 pic The Signal and the segment “Amateur Night” for the 2012 anthology film V/H/S, so it’ll be interesting to see what his take on Friday the 13th entails. Just as with the previous reboot, Michael Bay will produce this new film through his Platinum Dunes banner. The pic already has a March 13, 2015 release date staked out, so if Bruckner’s deal closes the new Friday the 13th »
- Adam Chitwood
Genre veteran David Bruckner, who wrote and directed the “Amateur Night” segment of “V/H/S,” is in negotiations to direct the “Friday the 13th” reboot for Paramount and Platinum Dunes, TheWrap has learned. Paramount had no comment. Platinum Dunes principals Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are producing with Michael Bay. Also read: ‘Under the Bed’ First-Look Trailer: ‘V/H/S’ Producers Pit Two Kids Against a Bogeyman (Exclusive Video) While plot details aren't necessarily under wraps — expect a bunch of good-looking teenagers to die in grisly ways — it's unclear what approach Bruckner plans to take with the reboot, or »
- Jeff Sneider and Lucas Shaw
'Ultra-low budgets and a decidedly fugly aesthetic have rendered his body of work an unappealing prospect to UK distributors'
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American indie demigod Joe Swanberg brings his "mumblecore" movement into the mainstream this week with Drinking Buddies, a story of two intersecting romances (a love quadrilateral, if you will) told against the backdrop of Chicago's craft brewery scene. It's the first Swanberg offering to reach UK shores since his breakout Hannah Takes The Stairs introduced Greta Gerwig to a grateful nation in 2007, though the director's apparent radio silence has not been for lack of trying.
Swanberg has written and directed more than a dozen films in the seven years since Hannah, most of them improvised riffs on the state of contemporary relationships, doused in self-reflexive anxiety (he has a tendency to cast himself as skeezy directors with names like Moe Kwanberg). Ultra-low budgets »
- Charlie Lyne
Ti West ("The Innkeepers") is the modern master of slow-burning horror. Eli Roth ("Hostel") is the big name in gorefests. If you put them together, you might not think a found footage horror movie would be the result, but that's the case with the West-directed, Roth-produced "The Sacrament." The film, which clearly took more than a handful of notes on the Jonestown Massacre, follows a fashion photographer (Kentucker Audley) who travels with a group of co-workers (Joe Swanberg, Aj Bowen) to visit his sister (Amy Seimetz) at the Eden Parish commune. Seimetz has recently left a drug rehabilitation program, and seems happy to have found a new home and family. But while the location seems idyllic, there's something terrible lurking beneath the surface, and the leader of the group (Gene Jones) has something sinister planned. West has worked in found footage before with"Second Honeymoon," his segment in "V/H/S, »
- Max O'Connell
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