Summer campers beware, Jason Voorhees is back!
Deadline reports that an hour-long drama based on the iconic Friday The 13th franchise is currently in development. The series is being developed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment who have stuck a deal to produce the drama.
Sean S. Cunningham, who first brought us the original 1980 production, will executive produce the series along with Horror Inc president Robert Barsamian (who helped produce the Friday The 13th films).
Cunningham, in a statement, spoke about his wishes to expand the franchise’s legacy:
Jason Voorhees is synonymous with the genre and we plan to build on this legacy with a provocative and compelling take that expands upon the storylines that have already thrilled millions worldwide.”
While Barsamian hopes that a Friday The 13th series would attract new fans to the long running franchise:
Expect the show to take viewers in some exciting new directions that we’re confident will not only excite existing fans of Friday The 13th but also attract new audiences to the situations and characters that inhabit the small town of Crystal Lake.”
For those unfamiliar with the Friday The 13th franchise, here is brief summary of the franchise that was included in Deadline’s official announcement:
The original was set at a summer camp, closed because of the drowning of an unattended child. Promiscuous counselors tried to re-open the place, but they began dying. Jason actually took root as the indestructible villain in the second film, with his signature hockey goalie mask coming later.”
The new Friday The 13th series is described to be a “contemporary” new series that will focus on the “eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed.”
While no network is currently attached to the project, I assume it will only be a short matter of time before the project finds a home.
What do you think about the plans to bring Friday The 13th to the small screen?