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Friday the 13th to Embrace 3D Again in 2015

Joe VetoeI am not sure how I missed this at all, but shame on me. Yesterday, THR ran a report from CineEurope in which Paramount International's Edward Ryan previewed the studio's film slate for this year and beyond. In that write-up, we learned Paranormal Activity 5 was getting pushed to 2016 and that Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 was arriving that year as well. But as far as the 2015 slate was concerned: It seems the new Friday the 13th film we're getting November 13, 2015 will be in 3D.

Per THR:

That marked the end of the clips and showreels before the screening of Transformers, with Ryan first listing a host of upcoming big-budget projects planned for the remainder of 2015, including Terminator: Genesis, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the robot assassin; Friday the 13th in 3D; and Mission Impossible 5, directed by Chris McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise.

Interesting. Very interesting, no? The last time Voorhees appeared on screen in 3D was Friday the 13th Part 3!

Taking that 3D aspect into account, does this mean the long-rumored approach to doing this new Friday the 13th as a "found footage" film is dead? I mean…yes, there are a few "found footage 3D" films in the works, but would Paramount risk combining the two? Probably not. I'm now hearing rumblings that they've dropped the found footage angle, but we haven't been able to get a confirmation from director David Bruckner.

If we're going to be fed a Friday the 13th film with a gimmick, I'll take 3D over found footage. I'm sure you'll agree.

Platinum Dunes is one again producing the new film; the team there is also behind the 2009 reboot. 

Speaking of Friday the 13th Part 3, have you seen my favorite kill from that film?

  • Francesco Falciani

    now it’s safe no more fake footage…and yes it will be 1982 again…this time with a very good 3D!

  • Chuck

    A key point of interest about F13 being in 3D since this announcement was made in Europe … Paramount released “Noah” in 3D in Europe but not in the US. Not even the Blu-ray is going to have a 3D version, so it will be interesting to see if they do the same with F13 since there has been no talk about this in the US media.

  • Oswald did not act alone

    I still don’t think you hire the director of a segment from VHS if you’re not doing found footage. I think they’re going to pull out all the gimmicks. I have a terrible feeling about this reboot.

    • Polite_Werewolf

      Gareth Edwards directed Monsters, a found footage movie, and he was hired to direct the Godzilla reboot, which wasn’t. He did a pretty good job, too.

      • M M

        Monsters was shot on hand cameras but was not found footage.

    • CronenBorg

      Bruckner made The Signal in 2007 so it’s not like he’s only done found footage. Besides, the only directors from the V/H/S films to have done found footage since then are the Radio Silence team and Ti West.

      • Oswald did not act alone

        Check back in when the first trailer comes out. I will bet you it’s found footage, kids go to a closed down camp crystal lake to find jason and guess what happens?

  • shutcheson

    I will embrace the 3D over found footage any day. At least then I have a choice whether to see it in 3D or 2D.

  • Juan Asilo

    can they better a film that was already made?
    i mean the only series tha had is the final detination.

  • MrX13

    I rather have Friday the 13th in 3D than as a found footage. Besides found footage is overrated, the only ones I liked were the VHS movies.

  • MiddleIndex

    Platinum Dunes is the only thing that stopping me from getting on board with this. Maybe Paramount will be able to hold them to making a film worth our time.

  • Billy Bob Throrton

    Shelly and the eye pop kill need to be in this