The 13th installment of the Friday the 13th film series has lost David Bruckner as director, according to the filmmaker himself.
Bruckner (The Signal, VHS) tweeted a link to a report by the Wrap on Thursday that said he is no longer attached to the Paramount and Platinum Dunes project; he added, “So it goes. Open to new possibilities.”
Per the report, Prisoners writer Aaron Guzikowski is in negotiations to pen a new draft of the script, which would push the timetable back. In a follow-up tweet, Bruckner wrote, “Congrats to Guzikowski. I have a lot of respect for Prisoners. Excited to see what he and PD can do for Jason.”
Paramount declined to comment, and a representative for Guzikowski did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Plot details are scarce for the new Friday the 13th movie, which Paramount has scheduled for release in January 2017, but logic dictates that it will involve the unstoppable slasher Jason Voorhees preying on photogenic teenagers.
The most recent entry in the franchise was released by Warner Bros’. New Line division in 2009. Paramount acquired the rights as part of the deal that brought WB on to co-produce Interstellar.
Variety first reported Guzikowski’s potential involvement.