Friday the 13th and the House reboot from Sean S. Cunningham?

When the copyright case between original Friday the 13th director/producer Sean S. Cunningham and screenwriter Victor Miller came to an end, Miller was awarded the US copyright for the first film. Miller went on to team up with his attorney Marc Toberoff, A24, Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller, and Friday the 13th franchise rights holder Rob Barsamian – the last surviving investor in the original film – to begin developing the “extended prequel” / “pre-remake-quel” TV series Crystal Lake for the streaming service Peacock. Thanks to the involvement of both Miller and Barsamian, the series can use all elements from the whole Friday the 13th franchise. But Cunningham isn’t just walking away from Friday the 13th business. Our friends over at Damn disgusting has learned that Cunningham is overseeing the restart of Friday the 13th and the 1985 horror comedy House (which he produced) while also producing an original film called The night driver!

All three of these projects come from the team of director Jeremy Weiss, who makes his feature film debut The night driverand screenwriter Jeff Locker, who will have his first feature writing credit on The night driver. That film is set to begin shooting in late spring/early summer and will tell the story of “an everyday salesman who regularly travels around the country selling medicines. One night on a back road, he encounters a madman who seems to be following him, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. All he wants to do is get home to his family at any cost; and when it is over, he realizes that he has either escaped the terror, or it has followed him home.” Originally written by John Cork, the project has been in the making for over a decade. Locker was brought in to do a rewrite of the script, and this led to Weiss, Locker, and Cunningham discussing rewriting Friday the 13th and House film after The night driver wraps.

talking about Friday the 13thLocker told Bloody Disgusting, “Jeremy and I pulled off our dream reboot Friday the 13th – with Sean’s blessing to keep developing it with him. It’s clear that the prequel TV series has sparked interest in a new movie, so we’re hoping that the surrounding excitement will inspire both sides to come together and give us Jason on the big screen again for the first time in 14 years, but we also have a Plan B for a sequel to the original we think fans will absolutely love and should avoid legal entanglements.

That House restart will be “both an update and reimagining of the classic series, centered around the birth of a haunted house. Lots of big scares and howling laughs on screen, plus we’re bringing back a few of your favorite monsters from the original for some seriously fun but equally terrifying kills.” There are also plans for a tie-in video game.

While Crystal Lake seems to be a sure thing, there is clearly more doubt about Cunningham / Weiss / Locker Friday the 13th movie be able to make it into production… but I wish them the best, and would love to hear more information about the ideas Weiss and Locker have for my favorite franchise. The night driver sounds interesting and I’d like to see a new one Housebut the idea of ​​another Friday the 13th is what really has my attention here.

What do you think of the idea of ​​Cunningham producing something new? Friday the 13th and House movies and how to do The night driver sound for you? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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