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Warner Bros. Sharing 'Friday the 13th' Rights with Paramount Pictures

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June 5, 2013
Source: THR

Friday the 13th

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?

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  • MattPeloquin
    What a strange deal, but I like the sound of it. If only Disney could play nice with other studios we'd have some really cool crossovers.
  • son_et_lumiere
    sounds like Warner Bros felt pretty bad missing out on Interstellar and wanted to stay in with Team Nolan. if the collaboration enables more interesting properties like Inception and Interstellar, then i'm for it. but whoever Warner Bros. had negotiating earned their pay this month. would you give up half of a new and identified Nolan film for only half of an unidentified property plus time-constrained rights to Cartman and yet another Friday 13th reboot? can't say yet another Friday 13th reboot is 'good news for horror fans' either (and i am one). surely this particular cow is dead and dessicated by now? i might watch Cartman vs Jason, though.
    • OfficialJab
      They're pretty much all reboots anyway, I don't think it will make a big difference. Sounds like a great deal all around, to me.
  • Matt
    Make already serios and scary Jason film. I just tired of seeing the same attempts to 'have a little fun with Jason'. It's time move on.
    • Moka Latte
      ITA. I absolutely can't stand when they try and have comedy cross over into horror, especially for a movie that had no comedy; when it was first created. That terrible crossover is what ruined the Nightmare on Elm St. series. After part 2, they became terrible.

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