Paramount Pictures has pulled two major projects from its release calendar. According to The Wrap, the sequel to World War Z starring Brad Pitt is now without a release date. The film was originally slated to hit theaters on June 9, 2017. In addition, the reboot for Friday the 13th has been plucked from its October 13, 2017, release. The studio has shifted the Darren Aronofsky picture mothers! starring Jennifer Lawrence to take its place instead.
THR has also reported that Paramount hopes to have World War Z 2 ready for release in sometime in 2018 or 2019. The delay itself is no great surprise as the film lost its director J.A. Bayona last year. After Bayona’s exit, Brad Pitt was hopeful David Fincher would direct, however, Fincher has not be confirmed for the project. As of now, the film is still without a director.
The production behind Friday The 13th has seen enough woes to land itself in development hell multiple times over. After the 2009 reboot failed to successfully relaunch the franchise, producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form faced creative challenges with the studio while also dealing with rights battle between Paramount and Warner Bros.
Victor Miller, screenwriter of the original Friday the 13th also attempted to terminate a copyright grant on the 1980 film in an attempt to reclaim the rights himself which would allow him to license the rights to another studio. At this time it remains unclear whether or not this is the cause behind the film losing its release date. As of last fall, the film was scheduled to film in the spring in Atlanta.
Source: The Wrap