Warner Bros. Sharing 'Friday the 13th' Rights with Paramount Pictures
It's a pretty big deal when two rival studios team up for a high profile film. One of the most recent collaborations involves Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. working together for Christopher Nolan's sci-fi flick Interstellar. Now THR has word on how that deal came together, and it's certainly good news for horror fans. In exchange for half of Interstellar, Warner Bros. agreed to give Paramount the rights to co-finance a new Friday the 13th film along with a yet-to-be-determined top tier Warner Bros. property. The rights have been at Warner Bros. for awhile since New Line (part of the studio) landed the rights in the 90s from the original film's producer Sean Cunningham, so this is a pretty big deal. Read on!
Paramount and Warner Bros. have quite a history with Friday the 13th. The original film was domestically distributed by Paramount, but WB handled the international side of things. And when the rights reverted back to Cunningham, he got caught up at New Line while trying to get Freddy vs. Jason together, though the studio still got two other Friday the 13th movies off the ground. More recently, the reboot of the horror franchise starring hockey-masked killer Jason Vorhees sparked an interesting deal between the two studios because though New Line had the rights to the franchise, Paramount had certain rights to the original film, so the two studios were partners on the 2009 film.
Now it's not clear how soon a new Friday the 13th film will get off the ground, but the deal says that Paramount only has the rights to co-finance a new film in the series for the next five years. Oh, and also part of the deal is the rights to the South Park characters. Why? Well Comedy Central was created when Time Warner merged their Comedy Channel with Ha!, a channel created by Paramount's parent company Viacom. So when Warner left behind Comedy Central, they still had some rights to South Park, including international distribution of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. So maybe we'll get more action from Jason Vorhees and a new adventure for the foul-mouthed fourth graders from South Park. Cool?