While we wait to see where the next movie in the Friday the 13th franchise takes us, another project involving Jason Voorhees has begun to materialize.
It’s being reported that a new TV series based on on the property is being developed by EFO Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment, with original Friday the 13th director Sean S. Cunningham on board as an executive producer. The series is being developed as an hour-long drama that re-imagines the character in different periods of time.
Of the announcement Cunningham said:
“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.”
With Horror Inc. president and fellow producer Robert Barsamian adding:
“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.”
Working on the script for this new Friday the 13th TV series is Bill Basso and Jordu Schell, which is very interesting because they are both very accomplished in the realms of special effects and art and concept art in films who have worked with the late great Stan Winston—and be sure to check out both Basso and Schell‘s IMDB pages to see the list of great movies they’ve worked on—but neither has any writing credits to their name.
As for what it means to have a Friday the 13th TV series that will visit multiple time periods is unknown at the moment. That could simply mean we’ll see stories told set in the ’80s, ’90s, and so on, as the movie franchise has covered. Or it could mean that they’re going to kick things off with Jason being some sort of otherworldly immortal being who has existed for a much longer length of time.
When doing a TV series obviously you can’t just have Jason running around killing off promiscuous camp counselors every episode for six seasons. That wouldn’t even appeal to the die hard fans of the movies, where that same basic recipe makes for the occasional fun horror flick. Something has to keep the show compelling and fresh, and when your constant is a relentless killer and mute, it’s a tricky task.
This isn’t the first time a Friday the 13th TV series has come into play either. There was a series of the same name that ran for three seasons from 1987 to 1990, though—despite sharing some cast and crew names—the series had no ties to the movies or their stories and Jason never appeared in any episodes.
What do you think of the idea of a new Friday the 13th TV series?