Friday the 13th is usually known for two things: being an unlucky day and a movie where Jason Voorhies terrorizes camp counselors. On this cursed day, we are acknowledging motion pictures that have suffered some kind of rotten luck.
Films like the new Bond film “No Time to Die,” which clearly has plenty. Before it even started filming, there were directing troubles when Danny Boyle stepped out and Cary Fukunaga stepped in. Then there was the debacle of whether Daniel Craig would return a final time. Craig returned and after production wrapped, it was ready for a spring release. Then, the coronavirus outbreak caused MGM to postpone it until November.
Then there’s “Cursed,” a movie that lived up to its title. Directed by the late Wes Craven, this film about two siblings bitten by a werewolf originally aimed for a 2003 release. However, when production was stalled, it went through various recasts, reshoots, and rewrites. When “Cursed” came out in 2005, it was a critical and financial failure.
Looking at more recent pictures, “The New Mutants” could finally see the light of day. It comes out on April 3rd and had a treacherous road to getting there. The film’s first trailer dropped on Friday the 13th of October, 2017. As it turns out, that would be an indication of its bad luck. It was reset for an April 2018 release before going through reshoots, aiming for a 2019 release. Eventually, it settled for its current spring release.
Lastly, there’s “Chaos Walking,” another movie with a rather fitting title. This upcoming sci-fi film starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley wrapped principal production in 2017 with an early 2019 release planned. Due to poor test screenings, Lionsgate had the film go through reshoots. But due to Holland and Ridley’s busy schedules, reshoots couldn’t commence until last year. Now that those have wrapped, “Chaos Walking” is aiming for a January 2021 release date.