The cancellation of the Friday the 13th reboot sequel just months before its release has turned some upcoming film scheduling upside down. Not only has a mystery drama from Darren Aronofsky found a release date, but another high-profile sequel is suddenly left without one.
Paramount Pictures had planned Friday the 13th to open on Oct. 13, according to Dark Horizons, which by the way is indeed a Friday. It would have shared the wide release spotlight with Liam Neeson’s The Commuter, the Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall and The Snowman, based on the novel by Jo Nesbo.
Taking its place now, however, is Mother from Aronofsky, who earned a director Oscar nomination for 2010’s Black Swan. That film stars The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence, The Revenant‘s Domnhall Gleeson and Michele Pfeiffer.
Losing its schedule slot was the sequel to the 2013 hit World War Z, which has languished without a director, and apparently a viable script.
This has been expected for many months as a director has yet to be found since J.A. Bayona’s departure. The studio still intends to produce the film, but a 2019 release is looking a likely prospect at this point.
Two years is a massive delay for a film that waited four years to release a sequel to begin with, and suggests Paramount is going back to the drawing board once again.