New Friday the 13th Movie Secures a Director
After Rob Zombie successfully remade Halloween and infused some "new school" vibes into that franchise earlier this summer, the next big horror franchise revamping has picked up some steam. It's been mentioned for a while that a Friday the 13th remake of sorts was in the works, but details were shabby and nothing was confirmed. However, a report from ShockTillYouDrop.com today confirms that Marcus Nispel (of the first Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake and Pathfinder) has been hired to direct and that production will be underway sometime in early 2008.
The script for the film was written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the same team that wrote Freddy vs Jason in 2003. This is the second script they've gone through, which hopefully means that the studios have actually worked to get something good. Another interesting observation: Michael Bay is one of the producers; obvious, given his production company Platinum Dunes is making this.
There are a few goods and bads with this. The good is that maybe with his experience on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Marcus won't be so bad working on this franchise. And of course Michael Bay producing should mean good things, but as everyone knows, his movies have no story and are only explosions anyway. The bad is that Nispel's Pathfinder was absolute shit and he doesn't seem like the revolutionary kind of guy (as I'd say Rob Zombie is moreso) that could provide new life to Friday the 13th. I could be wrong, but I'm not feeling that this one is going to be any good.