‘Friday the 13th’ Sequel Loses Director, Gains the Writer of ‘Prisoners’
The long-developing and repeatedly-delayed Friday the 13th sequel has undergone a couple of changes, again: this time out, the (allegedly) upcoming installment in the classic horror franchise has lost its director, but it’s gained a tiny piece of our optimism in hiring Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski — a guy who knows a little something about cinematic brutality.
After being attached to helm the new Friday the 13th movie since early last year, The Wrap reveals that V/H/S director David Bruckner has dropped out of the project due to repeated delays. The report does note that if and when Guzikowski’s screenplay is complete, Paramount and Platinum Dunes may return to Bruckner to see if he’s still interested in directing. Bruckner made his feature directing debut on 2007’s horror indie The Signal, but has only directed segments for two horror anthology films since, including the upcoming Southbound.
As for Guzikowski, Variety reports that he’s been tapped to write a new screenplay, replacing Hannibal scribe Nick Antosca, who was hired earlier this year. Guzikowski wrote Prisoners, the acclaimed dramatic thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve, and is rewriting Steve McQueen’s Papillon. He’s also been set to write the new Wolf Man movie for Universal’s shared universe of rebooted classic monsters.
The next Friday the 13th movie still has a release date of January 13, 2017…for now.