Producer Brad Fuller Updates Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot Sequels
01.31.11 by Ryan
If what producer Brad Fuller says is true, the state of horror movies is looking grim.
Fuller, who produced both the 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th and the 2010 reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, has attempted to keep horror fans updated on any possible sequels, revealing last April that Friday the 13th Part 2 was in a holding pattern as studios Paramount and New Line evaluated "if they're going to make it", while, a month later, Warner Bros. president Dan Fellman said that the $32.2 million opening of Nightmare proved "there's a lot left in the franchise". With almost a year passing with little to no development on sequels, Fuller took to his Twitter account to discuss where both sequels stood.
[Friday the 13th screenwriters] [Damian] Shannon and [Mark] Swift wrote a great script. We are ready to go, when new line is ready. But as of yet, they are not ready. As for Freddy, as far as I know, there isnt even talk of writing another script.
Fuller had previously mentioned that the Friday the 13th sequel script was "better than the first", but, so far, that hasn't added traction to the sequel's development. Fuller stated that he thinks studios aren't interested in making horror movies.
Rated R horror movies, right now, don't seem to generate interest from the studios. Everyday we want to hear from any studio that they want a horror movie, but it hasn't happened.
Both reboots were produced through Michael Bay's production company Platinum Dunes, with Nightmare on Elm Street earning $115 million in worldwide box office, while Friday the 13th grossing $91 million worldwide on almost half the budget of Nightmare.
Fuller did offer horror fans a sliver of good news. "There is still hope for rated r horror, because it is profitable," Fuller Tweeted. "But there is a larger interest in tent pole film."
Proof of Fuller's optimism can be found with Dimension's Piranha 3D, which earned just under $80 million worldwide, aided by 3-D charges, but still has a sequel in the works titled Piranha 3DD.