New "Friday the 13th" Confirmed to Be a Remake
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the upcoming Friday the 13th film from Platinum Dunes will be a remake, in a manner of speaking. The film, written by the Freddy vs. Jason team of Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, will focus squarely on Jason Voorhees, who will wear his infamous hockey mask as he stalks the campgrounds of Crystal Lake. As you may recall, Jason barely features in the original Friday the 13th and he doesn't acquire the mask until Friday the 13th Part 3. From the sound of it, this is more of a franchise reboot a la Casino Royale rather than a strict remake.
What's really interesting is that Paramount (and its subsidiary MTV Films) is involved in the film. Paramount produced and/or released the first eight Friday the 13th films in the 1980s, but they were never comfortable with the violent content of the movies and ended up dumping the franchise in the early 1990s, at which point New Line scooped it up.