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Producer Brad Fuller, one of the men being the current string of Hollywood horror movie franchise reboots (including “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Friday the 13th” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”) recently went on Twitter to update fans on the status of two of those properties.
According to Fuller, a sequel to 2009’s “Friday the 13th” reboot is ready to go, with a script by writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift turned in. Unfortunately, New Line Cinema seems to be dragging their feet, so nothing will happen until New Line says it’ll happen. Which is a surprise. The first “Friday” reboot made over $91 million worldwide from a very small $19 million budget. A sequel would have been just as cheap to make (just throw in another string of anxious-to-make-it-in-the-movies TV stars to populate the cast like the first one), and frankly I’m shock it isn’t in production yet, 2 years later.
But hey, at least the “Friday” reboot sequel has a script. Fuller says that as far as he knows, there isn’t even a script for a “Nightmare” follow-up. Like “Friday”, “Nightmare” proved profitable for the studio, turning in a $115 million worldwide gross from a $35 million dollar budget.
Regardless of your opinions on the reboot (I found the “Nightmare” on to be especially timid and uneventful), you gotta wonder why the studio hasn’t pulled the trigger on both remakes. They certainly seem like no-brainers from a business standpoint.