Here’s a surprising news: Michael Bay plans to revive the flagging “Friday the 13th” horror franchise under what The Hollywood Reporter calls “his low-budget production company”, which probably means the budget for the first remake will only be, oh, about $50 million or so, because let’s face it, Hollywood’s idea of “low-budget” is just downright silly. Writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who last scripted “Freddy vs. Jason”, have already been assigned to tackle the script, which would see Jason Vorhees donning the hockey mask and slashing and dicing sexed up teen campers at Crystal Lake.
The remake of the original 1980 horror classic, which turned the villainous Jason into a cultural icon, is being produced for New Line Cinema by Bay’s Platinum Dunes banner. Platinum Dunes was also behind the revival of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Hitcher.”
In the original “Friday the 13th,” the serial killer made only a brief appearance in the final frames and never killed anyone. Jason didn’t even don the famous mask until the third movie. The remake, however, will focus on Jason — who will wear the mask and kill — and keep the famous setting of Crystal Lake.
This is another remake (or reboot) that I’m not all that bothered by. I was never that big a fan of the franchise, finding it very lacking from beginning to end.
As with the remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, chances are Bay won’t direct this one, but will just hand it over to someone with a similar visual style.