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EXCL: New Friday the 13th Writers Hired

Film on pre-strike fast track

Strap on your hockey masks one more time, Voorhees disciples, ’cause we’ve got the exclusive news on Platinum Dunes’ long-mooted Friday the 13th film that you’ve been waiting for.

A reliable tipster phoned in this evening (and this source is 100% solid gold, baby) to tell us Dunes is putting their proposed Friday the 13th on the pre-strike roster with the aim to begin shooting sometime in early 2008. The Dunes team, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, we’ve been told, have also officially locked a new pair of writers to tackle the property…Damian Shannon and Mark Swift.

This duo, we’re sure you recall, ultimately won out and penned 2003′s successful Freddy vs. Jason after New Line had spent years developing the big screen battle royale. Platinum Dunes has faced its share of struggle dragging a new Friday the 13th out of the mire; early drafts by Mark Wheaton (The Messengers) were mulled over and abandoned, and Jonathan Liebesman (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) was attached as a director. No word yet if Liebesman is still attached – we hope to bring you word on that soon.

Source: Ryan Rotten