New “Friday the 13th” Series Under Development
Jason Voorhees, the masked silent killer of the Friday the 13th films, is heading to the small screen.
Deadline reports that the CW network is developing a new series based on the hit horror franchise.
The series, to be written by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, concerns a cop’s ongoing search for his missing brother who in turn is somehow connected to Jason. Mitchell and Van Sickle, you may recall, produced the 1990s series The Pretender.
Action will apparently be take place in Crystal Lake – Jason’s stalking ground in the feature films.
If this project successfully moves forward, it will not be the first time that Friday the 13th has hit the world of TV. It happened back in the late 1980s, but the show in question adopted the franchise’s name only, and had absolutely nothing to do with Jason Voorhees or Crystal Lake. Instead, it concerned a group of friends dedicated to retrieving cursed objects. Each episode revolved around a different object and its evil powers.
Sean S. Cunningham directed the original Friday the 13th, released in 1980, which grossed more than $39 million at the domestic box office.
The film’s success transformed Jason into a horror icon and went on to spawn twelve sequels – one of which matched Jason against fellow horror icon Freddy Krueger – over a 30-year period. The most recent addition, a reboot, was released in 2009.
Buzz about a new Friday the 13th series has been in the air for some time. Last year, Deadline reported that Cunningham was executive producing a series which would have placed Jason in different time periods. However, that version never materialised.