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‘Friday The 13th’ Writers Ready a New Horror Film

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Remakes are far too common in mainstream Hollywood nowadays, especially in the horror realm. But this time screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift will be pulling out ideas from the “original” pile for their new project for Paramount Pictures.

Damian Shannon and Mark Swift wrote the script for the “Friday the 13th” remake, a movie that did pretty well in the box office, given the fact that it had a modest budget. Now The Hollywood Reporter states that these two are putting together an untitled horror project for the studio with Mary Parent producing under Disruption Entertainment. Not only are the two writing the picture but they’ll be making their directorial debut with it.

Since the project is still in the early stages of development there isn’t too much to report on the story, other than the fact that it’s said to be set in high school. That’ll be a slight change given the fact that the vast majority of the time in horror movies we’re faced with college kids who end up getting hacked by some maniac. Now it’ll be underage kids being slashed to pieces.

The biggest surprise out of this story is Paramount who’s betting on an original horror project. Since they’ve got the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise under their belt then it means this project has a couple of good things going for it. The first is that it’s got a low budget, small enough for Paramount to manage in case it doesn’t turn into a monster hit when it’s released. The second is that the studio has been on the hunt for new, exciting horror properties that not everybody has slathered their fingerprints on, so whatever these two screenwriters have cooking in the script oven must be great enough for Paramount to invest in. For now we’ll just have to wait and see what these two are able to produce for audiences.

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