Contact Us

‘Friday the 13th’ is Being Rebooted (Again) With a ‘V/H/S’ Director

Paramount

It’s easy to be annoyed that ‘Friday the 13th‘ is being rebooted only five years after its last reboot in 2009, but that would be ignoring the fact that no film franchise has ever been as slapdash, exploitative and generally mismanaged as this one. So, a seemingly terrible move like this is totally in the spirit of this long-running series, which practically rebooted itself with every other entry in the initial 10 films anyway.

Although producer Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes will once again head up the film, they’ve gone and found an interesting choice for a director: David Bruckner.

The news comes via The Wrap, who have no details beyond Bruckner’s name. Horror fans will most likely know him best from “Amateur Night,” his segment in the very successful found footage anthology ‘V/H/S,’ but he also co-wrote and co-directed ‘The Signal,’ a very cool (but largely forgotten) film that has earned a small cult following [Ed. note: not the upcoming Laurence Fishburne horror film of the same name]. Brucker’s hiring lends credence to the rumors we heard awhile back that this latest take on the hockey-masked killer Jason Vorhees would be found footage, a first for the series.

We’ll be the first to say it: a found footage ‘Friday the 13′ movie sounds like a pretty terrible idea, a desperate ploy from a team that simply doesn’t understand the appeal of this series or the slasher genre in general. At the same time, we’re totally okay with it. The ‘Friday the 13th’ series started as a ‘Ten Little Indians’-style murder mystery, but it quickly evolved into a showcase for the latest in hardcore gore. And, then it got silly and tongue-in-cheek. An then Jason battled a psychic girl. And then Jason went to New York. And then Jason went to Hell. And then Jason went to space and became a cyborg. Oh, and let’s not forget the movie where he battled Freddy Krueger.

In other words, the ‘Friday the 13th’ series isn’t sacred — it’s full of terrible decisions that have only managed to work out about 50% of the time. A found footage take on the character makes us queasy, but it also makes so much sense in the context of the franchise’s history.

Anyway, Bruckner is an interesting choice and we’d love to see Jason make a comeback in any capacity. It’s been too long.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://screencrush.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on ScreenCrush quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!