Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Gets a Release Date, Friday the 13th Reboot Cancelled


After circling a few possible projects as his follow up to Noah including an Evil Knievel biopic and an HBO series based on Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy, it was over a year ago that we heard that Darren Aronofsky would instead be going back to his indie roots with a new original film. Up until now, we didn’t know much about the movie except that Jennifer Lawrence would star along with Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris and Domhnall Gleeson. Now Paramount has announced a release date and a title for the film, although unfortunately for horror fans, it also comes along with some bad news for the studio’s upcoming Friday the 13th reboot. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

Paramount Pictures has announced that Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film, now titled mother!, will hit theatres on October 13th, 2017. Aronofsky is writing, directing and producing the movie, which revolves around “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests come to their home, disrupting their lives.” Not much else is known about the plot and it is described as a drama, although it does sound like it could be the premise for a thriller of some sort.

The movie is taking over the release slot previously assigned to Breck Eisner’s upcoming Friday the 13th film, which has since been removed from their release calendar, along with the upcoming World War Z sequel (that movie was expected to hit theatres on June 9th). According to THR, it’s not just a release date shuffle, however. It sounds like the Friday the 13th project has been completely shut down, possibly due to the poor box office performance of Rings. If that is true, it seems somewhat shortsighted, although they have struggled to find a fresh approach to this film for some time now. Are you looking forward to a new Darren Aronofsky film? Are you disappointed that the Friday the 13th reboot is dead?

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  • ProjectGenesis

    Definitely disappointed that F13 got cancelled. Everything I heard about it sounded promising. Set in the 80s, influenced by Dazed and Confused, decent budget (21 million), and decent talent behind the scenes (Eisner, Guzikowski). There’s no way it wouldn’t make at least 50-60 million domestically during the Halloween season. Paramount really bungled this. Why were they so intent on rebooting The Ring instead of making this? Because of the Interstellar deal, they could’ve cranked a couple of these and made a bunch of money. Sad! Once the rights revert back to WB/New Line maybe it will go forward.

  • Chris

    How ’bout a Aronofsky-directed Friday the 13th? I’d watch that.

  • No one important

    I’m not disappointed about Friday the 13th. I’m feeling pretty good about it. Dissapointment would have occurred if the film was made and I actually paid money to see it. Not that I would do that. I’ve seen one reboot at the cinema and that was The Magnificent 7, and the only reason for that is because I like westerns and I want more westerns to be made. It’s like Nintendo and the switch, I want it to be good so I have to invest in it even though there’s only one game I want to play in it’s first 6 months, one that I could easily buy for the Wii U. But I want the switch to succeed so I’m willing to invest in it’s future. Reboots suck. Don’t invest in them with your money and Hollywood will have no choice but to do new things. We have the power to make cinema great again. I agree with Chris though, I would probably see a Darren Aronofsky Friday the 13th. Not one made by some jobber.

  • Tommy

    I think the lowercase ‘mother!’ was made for headlines.